Stroke sur­vivor Ol­lie, 7, leads way with Car­wyn for char­ity

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - MAR­CUS HUGHES mar­cus.hughes@waleson­line.co.uk

A LIT­TLE boy who suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing stroke aged three has launched a char­ity walk along­side the First Min­is­ter.

Seven-year-old Ol­lie Shearan was only three when he suf­fered the stroke a which left him “like a new­born baby again”.

After be­ing air­lifted to hospi­tal, his par­ents were told he might not make it through the night, but the lit­tle boy from Caerau even­tu­ally pulled through and has been mak­ing “re­mark­able” progress.

On Sun­day, May 20, Ol­lie sounded the horn for the Step Out for Stroke mile-long walk in Brid­gend, where he was met by First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones.

Ol­lie’s mum Ni­cola said: “After the stroke he was like a new­born baby again. But he be­gan hold­ing his head up on his own and steadily learned to eat and talk. It was re­ally spe­cial when he was able to say ‘Mam’ again.

“He’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent child now – just like a nor­mal seven-year-old cheeky lit­tle boy, run­ning round hav­ing fun.

“This is our third Step Out. It helps us meet other peo­ple in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion. Although Ol­lie is nor­mally the youngest it’s nice for peo­ple to come to­gether and feel like a fam­ily.”

Brid­gend AM Car­wyn Jones has at­tended the Step Out for Stroke event for the last few years.

He said: “As one who’s had stroke in the fam­ily – my fa­ther had a stroke, although he’s fine now, and two mem­bers of the fam­ily died from stroke – I’m re­ally happy to sup­port this as it’s so im­por­tant.

“It was also great to start Step Out off with Ol­lie, who was so happy to do it. It showed that stroke is some­thing which can af­fect some­one, what­ever their age. Ol­lie’s an exam- ple of that and he’s fought back.”

Mar­garet Street, di­rec­tor of the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion in Wales, said: “We’re de­lighted with the turnout and money raised. Big thank you to the lo­cal com­mu­nity who re­ally helped us to make this an event to re­mem­ber and we’re very grate­ful to ev­ery­one for their sup­port.

“A stroke can hap­pen to any­one, at any age, at any time and it changes lives in an in­stant. For many stroke sur­vivors Step Out for Stroke marks an im­por­tant mile­stone in their road to re­cov­ery and see­ing them take on this chal­lenge was truly in­spi­ra­tional. Ev­ery­one who took part has helped raise vi­tal funds for peo­ple af­fected by stroke.”

Car­wyn Jones pic­tured with Ol­lie Shearan at the Step Out for Stroke walk

Ol­lie with his fam­ily

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