Stroke sufferer takes on Great North Run
Teacher to raise money and awareness of condition
A PE teacher will tackle the Bupa Great North Run to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association – two years after he suffered stroke himself.
Peter Banks, 31, of The Green, West Drayton, suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in January 2012.
He said: “I’d played golf in the morning and was at home sorting through some paperwork when my vision became blurred. I tried rubbing my eyes but it didn’t make any difference. Due to my age and level of fitness, I didn’t know what was happening.
“My girlfriend was at church, so I called my parents in Sheffield.
“They noticed that my speech was slurred, and while I was on the phone to them I found I was having to think hard to answer even the simplest of questions.
“My parents realised something was wrong and they dialled 999 for an
a ambulance. While I waited for the ambulance I had my dad on speakerphone, but by this time I’d lost motor control and had fallen off the couch.
“I managed to crawl to the door and open it so the ambulance crew could get in.”
Using the information given during the phone call from his parents and by conducting tests, the ambulance crew suspected that Peter was suffering from a stroke.
Hospital specialists quickly treated him and gave him clot-busting drugs to restore the flow of blood to the brain.
He was discharged five days later and after five months he returned to work at Acton High School.
Peter had previously taken part in half marathons and in 2004 completed the Snowdon Marathon, but the event on September 7 will be the longest distance he has run since his stroke.
He added: “My training has been going well and so far I’ve been running between four and seven miles, three to four times a week. I’m planning to step it up even more in August ahead of the run.”
Janet Price, regional fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes – it is vital that we have people like Peter who can raise funds for people affected by strokes.
“We’re really grateful to him for taking on this rewarding challenge and look forward to cheering him on as he speeds from Newcastle to South Shields.”
To sponsor Peter, visit w w w. j u s t g i v i n g . c o m / Peter-Banks2
■ RECOVERED: Peter Banks, who suffered a stroke two years ago, is taking on the Bupa Great North Run