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Worcester fundraiser reaches £10,000 fundraising target

Press Release   •   Jan 21, 2016 10:53 GMT

Worcester fundraiser reaches £10,000 fundraising target

Local fundraiser, Charlie Hodges, is celebrating his £10,000 fundraising achievement for the Stroke Association.

Charlie, 73, from Worcester, lost his wife Margaret to a stroke 13 years ago. He started fundraising for the Stroke Association when he asked for donations for his 70th birthday rather than presents. He then sadly lost his mother Betty to a stroke in 2013, and has supported the Stroke Association ever since.

Charlie has regularly held a series of local fundraising events, including his most recent Fish and Chipper Supper in October 2015, which saw him reach his staggering £10,000 target.

Charlie said: “The Stroke Association is a charity close to my heart, which helps so many stroke survivors across the UK to adjust to their life after stroke. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported my events over the last three years, with a special mention to my friends Eric Hall and Ken Crump who have worked work tirelessly to help me organise all the events. Thanks also to Startin Honda Worcester and First Page Printers who have supported my fundraising.”

Claire Benfield, Regional Fundraiser for the Stroke Association, said: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes - it is vital that we have people who can raise funds for people affected by stroke. We are incredibly grateful to Charlie and all his supporters for raising such an amazing amount of money over the last three years. The money will go a long way in helping to support people who are living with the effects of stroke, as well as their families and carers.”

Charlie is continuing his fundraising efforts with a Music Special in partnership with The Blue Bell in Callow End. The event will take place on Friday 11 March from 11am onwards and will include tea and coffee, a light lunch and entertainment by singer Matthew Long.

For tickets and further information, contact Charlie Hodges on 01905 421354 or 07791 560 818. For more information about stroke, visit or call our helpline on 0303 303 3100.

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 around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. 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