A guest blog post today from Caren Borchardt, Stroke Association Family and Carer Support Coordinator – Lincolnshire. I went along to this amazing Step Out for Stroke event on Sunday with Caren – here’s what she had to say about it:
Step out for stroke, Harstholme Lake, Lincoln, got Action on stroke month’s “Step out for stroke” off to a fabulous start for the region! The day was bright and beautiful and all gathered from around Lincolnshire to help raise awareness ‘walking the walk’. Hartsholme Lake offered us a magnificently picturesque walk, which was 1.6 kilometres around the lake. We were blessed with walkers, stroke survivors, carers and friends and family. We had Paula and Maria stepping out three legged because to quote Paula “walking after a stroke is a battle,…just one of many” Currently their ‘Just giving’ page has raised £450 ….. Many others did the walk; Jayne has battled two strokes, and was determined to complete the walk with her beloved dog Annie. Then there were the ladies who came from Spalding, who also raised over £200! We were joined by some staff from Lincoln stroke unit, and also the Assisted Discharge Stroke service. Our Lincolnshire Family & Carer support service has also supported a few others that wanted to walk on the day. There were 18 people that registered for the event before the big day, and several more on the day. Everyone worked together to make the day hugely enjoyable, we raised awareness, and brightened up the day by adding a slash of purple….and lots of laughter! We were joined by Prince Tedward Smith our Stroke ambassador, and even got a couple of mentions on the radio! A great big thank you to all, keep taking those steps to improve awareness of stroke.