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​Tipton man organises Scoring Against Stroke for his dad

Press release   •   Jul 13, 2018 10:19 BST

A Tipton man has organised a charity football match to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association, after his dad had a life-changing stroke.

Shane Bevan and his friend Chris Hoult have organised Scoring Against Stroke at 11am on Sunday 22 July at Brickbridge Lane, Wombourne. At the game, Chris’s team, the Barley Mow Wanderers, will be facing the Bevan Eleven, made up of Shane’s closest friends and family.

Shane’s father Steve, 51 had a stroke six years ago while driving on the motorway. Fortunately he was able to pull over and call an ambulance, however the stroke has changed his life completely, leaving him partially blind in one eye, with short term memory loss, and balance issues, meaning he now has to walk with a stick.

Shane said: “My dad is now a completely different person. I was completely unaware of just how serious a stroke could be until I saw the effects it had on my dad. Every day is a constant battle. He used to be very sociable and outgoing but now he hardly leaves the house as he has severe anxiety attacks, which has led to depression. Seeing my dad as a shell of his former self is heartbreaking everyday.

“Going through all of this has made me understand just how much amazing charities like the Stroke Association do for stroke survivors and their families. We’ll be raising money by playing against the Barley Mow Wanderers, who I can't thank enough for agreeing to take part. Everyone is welcome to come along and cheer us on, and also donate to a great cause.”

Claire Weaver, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “Every year we help tens of thousands of stroke survivors and their families through our range of services and free helpline, but we can only do this through the generosity of people like Shane, Chris and the Barley Mow Wanderers team. We’re incredibly grateful to them for choosing to support the Stroke Association. The amount raised will go a long way towards helping more stroke survivors and their families to rebuild their lives.”

To make a donation, please visit: For more information about stroke, visit or call the Helpline on 0303 3033 100.

  • 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