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​Wakefield Neurology team walk their way to fundraising success for the Stroke Association

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​Wakefield Neurology team walk their way to fundraising success for the Stroke Association

A team of Wakefield Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistants have raised over £2,700 for the Stroke Association, by completing a virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge and covering 1,215 miles in just 31 days.

Staff at the MY Therapy Neurology team in Wakefield work with stroke survivors in the community to build independence and, together with the Stroke Association team in Wakefield, combine resources to help rebuild lives after stroke.

Lauren Lindsay, Physiotherapist working with neurology rehabilitation, has been fundraising for the Stroke Association for the past five years, but this year she wanted to organise something that the whole team could take part in.

The team decided to dedicated May to completing the virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge, pushing themselves to run or walk the staggering total of 1,215 miles.

Lauren said: “The Stroke Association is close to my heart both professionally and personally, after my dad suffered a stroke in 2014. Naturally the pandemic has had a big impact on charities, and that’s why this year, after such a tough year working within the NHS, we decided to raise much needed awareness and funds for continued research and to provide support for survivors and family members.”

On day 24 of the challenge, the team made it to John O’Groats. Not satisfied with finishing the challenge early they pushed on adding another 473 miles to finish back at their base in Wakefield.

Emma Kay, Fundraiser at the Stroke Association said: “We know how tough life has been recently. This is especially true for the 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK right now. A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down. However, with the support of people like the MY Therapy team we can help more stroke survivors and their families as they look to rebuild their lives. Their enthusiasm for the challenge was a real inspiration and it showed in donations of support.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to the team, not only for their fundraising efforts, but for their continued dedication to providing support to stroke survivors and their families throughout the pandemic.”

For more information about stroke, ring the Stroke Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk.

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  • Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK and it changes lives in an instant.
  • The Stroke Association is a charity working across the UK to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke. We believe that everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. From local support services and groups, to online information and support, anyone affected by stroke can visit stroke.org.uk or call our dedicated Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 to find out about support available locally.
  • Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community and the generosity of our supporters. With more donations and support, we can help rebuild even more lives.
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