Stroke survivor and Banwell resident Peter Griffith is gearing up to take part in the first ever Bristol 100/60/25 cycle ride on Sunday 28 September. Peter aims to tackle the event’s 100 mile route to raise £500 for the Stroke Association.
Peter, 48, has always been a keen cyclist and was inspired to take on the challenge for the charity after having a stroke in 2006.
Peter was in his kitchen making a cup of tea when he had his stroke. After being unable to move for three hours, Peter managed to crawl upstairs, where a friend heard him moving around. Recognising the FAST symptoms, Peter’s friend immediately called an ambulance. At the time of his stroke, Peter lived in a rural area on the edge of Dartmoor, and had to be airlifted to hospital.
Peter’s stroke left him with no feeling in his right side. However, he is determined to conquer the Bristol 100.
Peter said: “When I heard about the Bristol 100, it really struck a chord. I thought it would be a great way to really challenge myself, and raise funds to help others who are in the same situation I was facing eight years ago.
“My training is going well, and my mates have joined me on a few practice rides, which has really kept me going. I’ve regularly covered 50-70 miles in my training and I’m hoping to finish the ride in about seven or eight hours. It’s going to be hard work but it’ll all be worth it when I cross the finish line.”
Amy Binley, Community and Events Fundraising Manager for the Stroke Association, said: “Peter’s already shown us his dedication to the Stroke Association through his volunteering, and by taking on the Bristol 100, he’s really stepping it up a gear. The Bristol 100 is brand new cycle ride for 2014 and with three different routes to choose from, there’s a distance to suit all fitness levels. It’s not too late for anyone keen to join Peter to sign up for the Bristol 100 to raise funds to help the Stroke Association. Together we can conquer stroke.”
Entry fees for the Bristol 100 vary between £17 and £24, depending on the length of the route and number of entrants. There is no minimum sponsorship, and all entrants receive an entry pack which includes fundraising tools.
To find out more and to sign up, go to www.stroke.org.uk/event/bristol-100
To sponsor Peter, visit www.justgiving.com/Peter-Griffith3
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 around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. 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 www.stroke.org.uk