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​Tynemouth couple join Team Stroke at Paris Marathon

Press Release   •   Feb 13, 2017 16:42 GMT

A young couple from Tynemouth are getting set to pound the streets of Paris to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Lettings consultant Euan Stenhouse, 22, and Northumbria University undergraduate Elena Duffy, 20, will take on the Paris Marathon on Sunday 09 April. Together they’ll join 40,000 runners and take in some of the world's most iconic sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees.

Euan and Elena were inspired to take on the challenge after both of Euan’s grandfathers died following strokes.

Euan said: “My grandad, John Stenhouse, died two and a half years ago after a stroke and it was a really difficult time for our family. My other grandad, Arthur Cass, lived with the devastating impact of his stroke for ten years before he sadly passed away.

“Elena and I have already completed the Great North Run to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association, as it’s a charity that’s extremely close to our hearts. Training for the Paris Marathon is going well; we’re building up our training runs and can’t wait to take on the race itself.”

Euan and Elena will also host a fundraising Quiz Night on Friday 03 March at Tynemouth Golf Club on King Edward Road, to contribute to their fundraising target of £2,000. The event will begin at 7pm, with 4-6 people per team. It costs £40 per team to enter with food included. Contact Euan Stenhouse on 07760223033 or email euanstenhouse@googlemail.com to book a place.

Laura McMullin, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “Euan and Elena are truly going the extra mile for the Stroke Association, by not only taking part in the Paris Marathon but organising their fantastic fundraising Quiz Night in the lead up to the race. With around 1.2 million people across the UK living with the devastating impact of stroke it is vital that we have people like Euan and Elena to raise funds and help us conquer stroke and we’re very grateful for their support.”

To sponsor Euan and Elena, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ELENA-DUFFY2. For more information about stroke, contact the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.

  • 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