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Rugby legend Gareth Thomas calls on runners to join the resolution in Dundee

Press release   •   Jan 14, 2020 16:42 GMT

Participants can choose their distance - 5k or 10k. By signing up to one of 34 events across the UK this spring, participants can raise vital funds to help the Stroke Association provide specialist support and fund critical research. Just £29 could pay for the emotional support someone needs to begin to rebuild a life after stroke.

Gareth himself had a stroke aged 28, and was ordered to rest for six months in order to recover. He says: “I had a stroke and know all too well that recovery is as individual as each survivor. That’s why the Stroke Association is encouraging people to join its Resolution Run and raise funds to help rebuild more lives after stroke.”

Kirsty Scott, Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association in Scotland said: “Stroke recovery is a marathon not a sprint. That’s why we’re encouraging people to join our Resolution Run in Edinburgh and raise funds for the Stroke Association.

“Life after stroke is different for us all, but there is one way we can stand together. The Resolution Run is the perfect opportunity to mark a milestone in your own stroke recovery, show your support for a friend or family member affected by stroke, or in memory of a loved one. It’s more than a run, it’s a resolution to help rebuild lives after stroke across Scotland.”

There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK living with devastating wide-ranging disabilities such as speech difficulties, memory loss and mental health issues. The Stroke Association provides specialist support, funds critical research and campaigns to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.

Entry fee is just £15 and runners can choose their distance from a range of distances depending on location. Walk or run, all participants will receive a medal waiting at the finish line. To join the resolution, visit www.resolutionrun.org.uk, email resolution@stroke.org.uk or call 0300 330 0740.

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For more information on the research, please contact: Angie Macleod, Communications Manager Scotland at the Stroke Association at Angela.Macleod@stroke.org.ukor call 07904289900.

    • Stroke kills around 4000 people every year in Scotland. More than twice that number survive, but live with the effects. There are currently over 128 000 people in Scotland living with the effects of their stroke. 
    • The rate of first time strokes in people aged 45 and over is expected to increase by 59% between now and 2035. 
    • The Stroke Association is a charity working across the UK to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. We believe that everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. From local support services and groups, to online information and support, anyone affected by stroke can visit stroke.org.uk or call our dedicated Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 to find out about support available locally.

      Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community and the generosity of our supporters. With more donations and support, we can help rebuild even more lives.

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