Press release -
Survivors conquer stroke to raise vital funds
Hull stroke survivors have raised over £880 for the Stroke Association by taking part in the charity’s Conquer Stroke Duathlon in East Park, Holderness Road, Hull.
The event was held on Saturday 20 May to celebrate Make May Purple for Stroke, the Stroke Association’s national awareness month.
Hull residents joined local stroke survivors for a walk and a 2.5 mile bike ride around the park using an adapted bike scheme. Stroke Association staff and volunteers were also on hand to give free blood pressure checks throughout the afternoon.
Joining the participants was Connor Lynes, who was just 14 years old when he had two strokes after playing a rugby match.
Connor said: “I’m so proud of myself for riding a bike for the first time since my stroke. I hadn’t felt confident enough to do it, but after seeing other stroke survivors cycling around the park, I knew I wanted to join them and have a go.”
Ben Crawforth, Stroke Prevention Coordinator at the Stroke Association in Hull, said: “It was fantastic to have so many stroke survivors and supporters join us at East Park to take on the challenge and help us to put the spotlight on stroke. Across the UK, more than a million people are rebuilding their lives after stroke. The funds raised on the day will go a long way towards innovative research into stroke care and treatment.”
For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.