Huw Irranca-Davies, Member of Parliament for Ogmore, recently joined over 260 enthusiastic walkers at the annual Step out for Stroke event in Newbridge Fields, Bridgend.
The second annual Step Out for Stroke in Bridgend built upon the success of the previous year with over 260 people signed up to walk in purple on the day. Many more people gave their time to run community stalls, give out water and cheer on all the walkers. The fundraising event was organised by the Stroke Association, the major stroke charity in the UK.
The Stroke Association campaign to improve stroke care, support people to make the best recovery they can and fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Step out for Stroke event in Bridgend is part of the Stoke Association’s Action on Stroke Month 2015. Families, colleagues, schools all over the UK are joining in with the fundraising efforts by ‘Making May Purple’ for Stroke. In Wales there are over 11,000 strokes each year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability.
Karyl Carter, Stroke Association Communication Support Coordinator, Bridgend said, “Events like these are really important to us as a charity. We are the leading charity for stroke in the UK and without our fundraisers we wouldn’t be able to do what we do to support stroke survivors, stroke prevention and research.”
“We were thrilled to be joined by Huw Irranca-Davies MP who helped us kick off the walk. Luckily the weather was on our side and we saw several members of our stroke group improve on their personal best as the sun shone down.”
Huw Irranca-Davies said, “It was inspiring to see so many people who have survived stroke taking part in the Step Out for Stroke event in Bridgend, raising funds and also raising awareness that there is life after stroke.”
“I would like to express my thanks to the organisers and volunteers who made it such a successful day yet again. I was delighted to take part.”