Stepping out with surviviors for stroke charity

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Residents are being urged to sign up for a charity walk in aid of the Stroke Association.

A Step out for Stroke walk is being held in Taylor Park, St Helens on June 23 and people of all ages are being asked to take part alongside stroke survivors and their families.

Step out for Stroke is an event for everyone affected by stroke, and can be as long or as short as participants can manage.

For stroke survivors, this challenge often marks their first steps since their stroke.

Local organisations including Phoenix Classic Car Club, Healthy Living Team, Carers Centre and Healthwatch are supporting the event with stands on the day.

Rebecca Owen, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing some truly inspirational people who will be taking their first steps since their stroke, and others who have challenged themselves to achieve new goals on the day.

“Step out for Stroke is a fun walk for everyone, no matter what your age or fitness level, it’s the perfect event to take part in alongside friends and family. It’s a chance to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association, so every step makes a difference, and we want Step out for Stroke 2016 to be our biggest year yet.

“In 2015, we were thrilled to hold 50 Step out for Stroke events across the UK which raised more than £150,000. Join us this year to help even more stroke survivors take their first steps on the road to recovery so together, we can conquer stroke.”

Marie Powner, event organiser says: “Stroke happens in an instant, but its effects can last a lifetime. Far too many people don’t understand the condition or think it will ever happen to them. We believe everyone affected by stroke should get the support they need to make the best possible recovery.

“We’re inviting the whole community to come to this fun day out and help us make it an event to remember.”

There are more than14,600 strokes each year in the North West and over 157,370 people living with the effects of stroke.