Linda Thorne, 28 from Wythenshawe, has bravely completed two ‘Jumps for Doug’ and raised almost £800 for the Stroke Association, in memory of her father who passed away after a stroke.
Linda’s dad Douglas Thorne collapsed on 06 August and was told by hospital staff he’d had several strokes. However on 16 August, Doug had a major stroke which left him in intensive care and he sadly passed away 12 days later, aged just 63.
In touching memory of her dad, support worker Linda chose to take part in different fundraising jumps throughout the month of March. Linda has now completed a sky dive and a shark dive to raise money for the Stroke Association. She is also planning to complete a bungee jump later in the year.
Linda said: “My mum passed away in 1999 so my dad and I were very close; I was his shadow. The challenges have been a way to do something meaningful in my dad’s memory. Each jump was surreal in its own right - being in the shark tank was like being in another world and I would love to do it again! The sky dive was beautiful and the views are something else altogether. I think sky diving is something everyone should experience for themselves at least once in their life. My ears have only just popped too! I chose to raise funds for the Stroke Association to help other families affected by stroke to get the support they need.”
Laura McMullin, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, added: “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 like Linda who can raise funds for people affected by stroke. We’re really grateful to her for taking on this incredibly brave challenge.”
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 www.stroke.org.uk