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Chandlers Ford stroke survivor receives regional recognition
A stroke survivor from Chandlers Ford has received a Highly Commended Life After Stroke Award from the Stroke Association in recognition of his courage and determination.
Father of three, Liam Stapleton, 54, had a stroke in 2014 which left him unable to speak and move the right side of his body. After six months of therapy, Liam started an eight week programme to improve his health where he used a treadmill. Despite the difficulties following his stroke, Liam has made a remarkable recovery and has not stopped running since.
Liam has taken part in 7 runs since the stroke, raising £7,842 for the Stroke Association. Liam said “From my first run in Andover in 2016, to the most recent run for the Great South Run in October. I had a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon last year, I can quite honestly say I’ve loved every run I’ve done. Having a stroke has completely changed my life, within an instant everything changed, but I’m now a happier and healthier person.
“Three years ago I would never had dreamt that I could run a mile. I feel so proud of what I’ve achieved since my stroke. The Stroke Association has helped me through some difficult days, that’s why I’m passionate to support the charity in their work. I am now an Ambassador for the charity, working with them to raise awareness to others.”
The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Award was presented to Liam at a ceremony at the Hilton hotel in Bournemouth on 17 January 2019.
Liam was nominated for the Adult Courage Award by Tammy Angus, Regional Fundraiser for the Stroke Association. Tammy said: “I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to support Liam throughout his fundraising and I’m so proud of everything he has achieved. He has been a fundraising superstar. I wanted to nominate Liam for the Fundraiser of the Year Award in recognition of the personal commitment he made to the Stroke Association to support people affected by stroke. Getting to know Liam and his infectious enthusiasm has been an absolute pleasure.”
The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers as well as the great work and commitment shown by health professionals, groups and supporter organisations.
To find out more about the Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards, please visit www.stroke.org.uk/LASA.