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Bracknell father goes the extra mile for the Stroke Association

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Bracknell father goes the extra mile for the Stroke Association

Neil Collins, 38, from Bracknell is taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon for the Stroke Association on Sunday 22 April 2018.

Neil, a father of three boys aged 13, 11 and 9, was inspired to take on the marathon after his wife Sarah had a stroke in 2016 at the age of 34.

Neil said: “Sarah’s stroke was a huge shock to everyone. Thankfully, because of the quick thinking of her work colleague at the time of her stroke, and the brilliant care she received from the NHS, Sarah made a quick and successful recovery.

“Looking back at the time all this happened, things could have been very different and I hate to think about what my three boys and I would have had to deal with if the help wasn't there and things turned out differently. With this big impact happening in our lives I decided I needed to give something back. I would love to raise as much money as I can for the Stroke Association. They are an amazing charity, and the money I raise will help other stroke survivors like Sarah."

Emma Evans, Events Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Around 1.2 million people in the UK are living with the devastating impact of stroke. We’re thrilled Neil is taking on this challenge to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association and we’re looking forward to cheering him on as he makes his way through London.

“A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down. With the support of people like Neil, we can help more stroke survivors and their families rebuild their lives.”

To sponsor Neil, please visit www.justgiving.com/neil-collins12

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  • 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
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    The UK's leading stroke charity helping people to rebuild their lives after stroke

    The Stroke Association. We believe in life after stroke. That’s why we campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best possible recovery. It’s why we fund research to develop new treatments and ways to prevent stroke. The Stroke Association is a charity. We rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. Together we can conquer stroke.

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