A Plea From One Of Our Members – Lucy Chard-Maple. 

Please Read and Donate If a You Can Lucy Chard-Maple – 50 mile swim for Stroke Association

In April last year (2016) I lost my grandma Joan after she suffered from 3 strokes in the course of a month. When the first stroke hit she was left with no use of her left arm and leg and struggled to speak and eat. However, she began to recover just after a week, and was determined to get her life back. We were all given hope that she would get back to how she was before. But just a few days after her 93rd birthday, after she had managed to start swallowing on her own and talking with ease, they suspected she had another 2 strokes during the night. My grandma was left nearly completely paralyzed and had no way of communicating with any of us. The doctors decided it was best to stop her medication and accept that there was nothing that could be done. After every visit we would say our goodbyes, just to go back and do it again the next day, and next, until finally she passed away.

There are over 1.2 Million stroke survivors in the UK, my Grandma wasn’t one of them, but I want to help prevent families from going through what my family and my Gran had to. With your help, strokes can be prevented and when they do occur, we can increase the chances of them making a recovery. A stroke occurs every 3 and a half minutes, and one in every 2 seconds worldwide. It kills twice as many women as breast cancer and more men than testicular and prostate cancer do combined in a year. I want to help this be recognized and get the Stroke Association UK the support it rightly deserves.

Starting on the 7th of August I will be swimming 50 miles through the course of 3 weeks to raise money for the stroke association. It would mean the world to me and my family for any kind of support, if that would be sharing my Just Giving page on Facebook or simply donating. Ways to donate are by either giving ……………………………………. your wished amount and filling in the sponsorship form, or by visiting Just Giving and searching “Lucy Chard-Maple”. Thank you.

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