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Southwark resident to tackle Thames Path Challenge for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Aug 15, 2017 10:18 BST

Anelise Rosa, 24, from Southwark is preparing to run 100km to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Anelise was inspired to take on the Thames Path Challenge after her father, Carlos experienced a life-changing stroke whilst on holiday in Portugal, in 2014.

Anelise said: “My father is such a strong and caring person who has always worked hard for us as a family. The stroke affected his ability to speak, and left him with weakness down the right side of his body.

“I’m raising funds for the Stroke Association as it’s been invaluable in supporting my father in meeting other stroke survivors, and understanding more about his stroke. He’s gone from strength to strength with his recovery, and really built on his confidence.

“I want to do as much as possible, to help raise awareness to help other people understand about this terrible condition. I’ve really been enjoying my training so far and I’m really looking forward to making my father proud on the day.”

Gabi Field, Head of Community & Events Fundraising, at the Stroke Association, said: “With more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, it’s vital that we have people like Anelise to help raise funds. We’re incredibly grateful to her for choosing to support the Stroke Association; the money raised will go a long way in helping to support people who are living with the effects of stroke, and their families and carers, as well as help to prevent people from having a stroke.”

To sponsor Anelise, please visit:

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. 
  • Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at