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Swindon runners raise nearly £20,000 for the Stroke Association

Press Release   •   Apr 16, 2018 08:28 BST

Around 492 people from Swindon ran, jogged and walked on Sunday 15 April, raising more than £19,500 for the Stroke Association at the charity’s Resolution Run.

A sea of purple fundraisers took to Lydiard Park to complete a 5k, 10k or 15k course, after making a resolution that counts. The event was one of 30 runs organised by the Stroke Association, to raise funds for vital research and to support people affected by stroke in the South West.

Jen Robinson-Slater, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “Every five minutes across the UK, someone’s life is turned upside down by stroke. By taking part in our Resolution Run, each runner has helped us continue to support stroke survivors and their families as they rebuild their lives. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who took part – it was a fantastic turn out and a great day for everyone involved.”

At least half of strokes could be prevented if people made simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control and exercising more.

  • 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