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​Local runner raises funds to help conquer stroke

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​Local runner raises funds to help conquer stroke

Mariola Pisarkiewicz, 33, from Moulton, has raised over £585 for the Stroke Association after completing the adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday 12 March.

A personal trainer, Mariola was inspired to raise funds to help conquer stroke after her cousin had a stroke in Poland last year and sadly passed away. Several of her friends have also been affected by stroke, further spurring Mariola on to support the charity.

Mariola said: “When I lost my cousin last year, I travelled to Poland for the funeral and was determined to help raise funds to support people who have been affected by stroke. I signed up for the Stroke Association’s national awareness month, Make May Purple, last year and dyed my hair purple, which raised over £700! After receiving lots of support from the charity, I knew I wanted to do more. When I received an email to sign up for the team in the adidas Silverstone Half Marathon, I knew I was ready for the challenge.

“The run itself was amazing. I had my little girl Amberlee with me on the day and I was determined to cross the finish line so I could share my medal with her and make her proud.”

Lucy Burnip, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “Taking part in a half marathon is a fun and inspiring experience, but there’s a serious purpose behind it. Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the UK. At the Stroke Association, we want to be there for everyone affected by stroke, so we are very grateful to Mariola and all of our runners, for helping us raise the funds to help make this a reality.”

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they can; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.

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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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