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​Teesside runners join the resolution for the Stroke Association

Press release   •   Mar 09, 2020 11:53 GMT

More than 250 people from across the North East ran, jogged and walked on Sunday 01 March at the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run.

A sea of purple fundraisers took to Tees Barrage to complete a 5k or 10k course, to help rebuild lives after stroke. The event was one of 34 events held across the UK this spring, to raise vital funds to help the Stroke Association provide specialist support and fund critical research.

Adrian Bewick from Stockton-on-Tees took part on the day alongside his wife Tracy and daughter Lauren, to walk the 5km and cross the finish line as a family. Adrian survived a stroke in January 2019 following surgery for a kidney and pancreas transplant and spent four months recovering in hospital.

Tracy said: “We were so proud to take part and Adrian walked the whole 5km without stopping in 85 minutes. It was a great day. We raised £500 for the Stroke Association and we’re really pleased with the amount raised. We hope this will give Adrian a boost and prove he can do anything he sets his mind to.”

Jess Parkin, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “A stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what can do. Stroke recovery is a marathon not a sprint, and 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.

“By taking part in our Resolution Run in Teesside, each runner has helped us to support stroke survivors and their families as they rebuild their lives. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who took part.

“It was very cold and windy, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. With DJ Dave on the PA system and our volunteers cheering them along, everyone had a big smile on their face.

“We’re also very grateful to Coffee 2 Go providing hot drinks for our volunteers, and Tesco Hartlepool and Kingston Park for donating refreshments for runners and volunteers.”

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.

For more information about the Resolution Run series, visit, email or call 0300 330 0740.

  • Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK and it changes lives in an instant.
  • 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 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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