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Local stroke survivor’s Resolution to Run for Stroke Association

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Local stroke survivor’s Resolution to Run for Stroke Association

Hayley Mars, 24 from Preston, is taking part in her first ever Resolution Run in aid of the Stroke Association, after surviving a stroke in 2016 when she was just 22.

Hayley will take on the 15km charity run at Heaton Park, Manchester on Sunday 07 April 2019.

Hayley said: “I cycled a lot and I wasn't overweight. I didn't take part in any behaviours associated with risk factors for stroke and I don't have a family history of stroke. It seemed to come out of the blue. Just bad luck.

“However, I was fortunate that it was a minor stroke. I recognised the symptoms straight away, meaning that the NHS were able to act quickly and prevent wide-spread damage. I lost a bit of my sense of direction and felt confused, but these were small problems which resolved within a week or two.

“The greatest impact my stroke had on me was on my sense of self. When that sense of invincibility is shaken, it doesn't feel great. As a result, I allowed my misfortune to overshadow my identity, allowing it to define me through self-pity. Thankfully that stage has passed!”

It transpired Hayley had a hole in her heart which she was advised most likely allowed the stroke to happen, and she underwent an operation to have it closed.

Hayley added: “It's almost two years since my operation and the whole incident feels so far in the past that it doesn't seem real. In many ways, I am grateful for my stroke. It gave me perspective and changed my outlook on life. It made me appreciate those around me and the support they gave me during that testing period of my life. It made me appreciate my own resilience.

I was extremely lucky to have such a support network around me. However, I know that this isn't always the case. The Stroke Association contacted me with support and advice and caught up with me several times during my ordeal. They were friendly, helpful, and just excellent.

“I'm taking part in the Resolution Run to help other stroke survivors get the support they need and to draw a line under my own experience. I'm fit and healthy now and finally feel as though I've come to terms with the fact that it happened. It feels like 'closure'.”

Sian Thomas, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “A Resolution Run is exactly that – a resolution for the New Year that counts. It's the ideal event for people in Greater Manchester who want to do something fun together, while getting more active in 2019.

“In the UK there are around 100,000 strokes every year. Our latest research (i) shows that by training and taking part in a Resolution Run, you are helping to lower your stroke risk. The funds raised by each runner means we can reach out to more stroke survivors and their families to offer the support that they may need to rebuild their lives. On behalf of the thousands of stroke survivors and their loved ones that we support every year, I just want to say thank you.”

Research from the charity shows that many strokes could be prevented if people made some simple lifestyle changes. Introducing physical activity into your routine is just one aspect of a healthier lifestyle required to reduce your risk of stroke. Monitoring (and managing) your blood pressure, eating a more balanced diet and stopping smoking can all significantly reduce your stroke risk. The money raised through the Resolution Run in Heaton Park will help the Stroke Association to fund vital research and support people affected by stroke in the North West.

Last year participants raised over £633,000 for the Stroke Association This year the charity hopes to raise over £850,000 to continue supporting stroke survivors and their families throughout the UK.

Entry fee is just £16. All runners receive a technical running t-shirt and medal. For more information about entering or volunteering at the Resolution Run, visit www.resolutionrun.org.ukemail resolution@stroke.org.uk or call 0300 330 0740.

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For more information, please contact: Vicki Hall, PR Officer on 0161 742 7478 or email vicki.hall@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
  • Press contacts

    Angela Macleod

    Angela Macleod

    Press contact Communications Officer Scotland press and Stroke Association research communications 0131 555 7244
    Laura Thomas

    Laura Thomas

    Press contact Communications Officer Wales 07776508594

    Scott Weddell

    Press contact PR Manager Stroke policy, and Northern Ireland activities 02075661528
    Ken Scott

    Ken Scott

    Press contact Press Officer North of England and Midlands 0115 778 8429
    Daisy Dighton

    Daisy Dighton

    Press contact Press Officer London and East of England 02079401358
    Martin Oxley

    Martin Oxley

    Press contact Press Officer South of England 0207 566 1548
    Sokina Miah

    Sokina Miah

    Press contact PR Manager Fundraising and local services 0207 566 0337
    Katie Taylor

    Katie Taylor

    Press contact Head of PR & Media This team is not responsible for booking marketing materials or advertising
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    Press contact Media queries 07799 436008

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

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