Daughter of stroke survivor from Sudbury inspired to take on London Marathon in support of Stroke Association
The daughter of a 66-year-old Sudbury woman, who survived a massive stroke two years ago, is aiming to go the extra mile this month in support of the charity that helped her.
Annelie Bartlett’s mother, Beryl, was left paralysed down her entire right side, unable to walk and talk, after suffering a massive stroke while in Greece in July 2017.
After being in hospital for three months, Beryl returned home and is now receiving help towards her physical recovery and learning to walk and talk again.
Now, Annelie is gearing up to join thousands of runners at the London Marathon on April 28, with the goal of raising at least £2,000 for the Stroke Association.
She praised her mother’s strength and bravery, and her father Ron for his endless love and support of her.
“I always remember seeing the adverts on television for recognising the signs of stroke,” she said. “Never in a million years did I think that this would happen to anyone I knew, let alone my mum.
“After all they’ve been through, the least I can do is to haul myself around a marathon and raise some money for the Stroke Association, so they can continue the fantastic work and support that they give to survivors.
“I’ve never been a runner, so when the going gets tough, I think of the hard work mum has had to go through to get back on her feet.
“I’m not going to be breaking any records, but, if I can just complete the marathon, I would be overjoyed.”
George Burroughs, community fundraising manager at the Stroke Association, added: “With the support of people like Annelie, we can help more stroke survivors and their families as they look to rebuild their lives.”
To donate, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Annelie Bartlett.
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