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Stroke Association Resolution Run, Challenge On!

 

On 6 October 2017, our Dispute Resolution Officer, Cathryn Wolfenden's Mum, suffered a massive stroke that has left her unable to communicate, move her right side or eat. This was obviously a massive shock to Cathryn and her family, and after spending hours online researching the condition Cathryn was keen to do something to help others in a similar situation.

 

Cathryn's Stroke Association Run

 

In December 2017, Cathryn became aware of the Resolution Run Challenges, which are events organised by the Stroke Association to help raise much needed funds for the charity and along with a friend she decided to take up the challenge. So, she signed up to the Resolution Run Manchester and downloaded the ‘Couch to 5K’ app!

Cathryn's Stroke Association RunIn Cathryn’s words: "I must point out that I absolutely HATE running and will try to avoid it at all costs. Basically, I couldn’t run for a bus if my life depended on it! But, on 30 January in -3C and wrapped up like an Eskimo, along with a friend I made my way to Astley Park in Chorley to begin my training.

Our instructor was a Geordie comedienne who barked instructions at us, which at this point was ‘walk for 5 minutes, run for 1 minute and walk for 2 minutes – repeat 8 times’. Whilst struggling to breathe with bright red faces, we both agreed the run was a stupid idea and there was no way we would manage the 5K! But, we stuck at it, followed the app 3 times a week and it did get easier.

OK, fast forward to 29th April and having donned a purple Stroke Association t-shirt off we went, up what is known as ‘Angina Hill’ over tram lines and past the lake to hear the words ‘it’s only around this corner’. It wasn’t, but it nearly was!!

In a nutshell, we did it, 5.16km in 39.37 minutes and we raised over £700 for the Stroke Association, which we hope will help them make a difference to other sufferers and their families like they have for mine.

We were super proud, and it wasn’t as bad as we thought. We will not, however, be taking up running as a hobby!”

If you would like to support the Stroke Association, please click here to donate.

 

 

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Raising Money for Alzheimer’s Society - It’s tough getting to the top!!

 

SallyThe countdown has begun…. on Saturday 16th June 2018, our Senior Claims Administration Officer, Sally Wendon (pictured right), will begin her day before the sun comes up, as she makes her way to Chapel le Dale in Yorkshire ahead of the mammoth Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which she is taking on to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity which is very close to her heart.

Starting at around 6.45am the challenge is to walk/ramble the 24.5 miles, which includes taking on the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough (the highest of which is Whernside at a massive 736 metres) all in under 12 hours. The peaks form part of the Pennine range and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

If you like more information on the Three Peaks Challenge or would like to take part yourself, please visit the Official Three Peaks Website.

 

In Sally's words: "Planet Earth has no room for Alzheimer's and it's about time we put on our steel-toed walking boots and kicked its butt!

Seeing my beautiful, fun loving, brutally honest(!) Grandma, gradually stripped of her amazing traits by this hideous disease, is something that no individual, or their family, should have to stand and watch - and we will stand for it no more!

Blisters and excessive chaffing are a small price to pay to support such an amazing cause and we would be so grateful if you could fuel us on our journey with a donation (however small!) to help us make a difference in ridding the world of this illness, as in the wise words of my Grandma, 'I don't care for it very much' ".

 

If you would like to support Sally in raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society, please visit her Just Giving page.

 

 

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