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Surrey resident to tackle 26.2 mile walk for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Aug 08, 2017 15:33 BST

Tracy Smithers, 46, from Haslemere, is taking on a walking marathon challenge on Saturday 23 September, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Tracy was inspired to take on the London Marathon Walk 2017 after her gran he had a stroke and sadly passed away in November 2015.

Tracy said: “My gran was 100 years old when she passed away – it was terribly sad but we have so many lovely memories of her that we will always treasure.

“I’m raising funds for the Stroke Association to help raise awareness of this terrible condition. I’m now so much more aware of stroke and want others to be too.

“My training has been going really well, I have surprised myself, and discovered my love of walking. I have walked some beautiful routes, and have already managed a couple of 18 mile walks. I’m really looking forward to the day now, and I know gran will be watching down on me.”

Becky Beard, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “With more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, it’s vital that we have people like Tracy 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 Tracy, please visit: www.justgiving.com/tracy-smithers1

  • 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 www.stroke.org.uk