Stephen strides out for stroke cause

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A HEALTH­CARE pro­fes­sional who helps peo­ple who have suf­fered a stroke is tak­ing on the Wa­ters Wilm­slow Half Marathon.

Stephen Cross, stroke co-or­di­na­tor at Macclesfield Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, has spent 24 years car­ing for stroke pa­tients as a se­nior mem­ber of staff on the hos­pi­tal’s spe­cial­ist stroke unit.

He is now in train­ing for the race on Sun­day March 22

Stephen, 49, is tak­ing on the half marathon for the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion.

He be­gan jog­ging in March last year, aim­ing to im­prove his fit­ness and over­all health.

Stephen said: “Be­fore my train­ing, I hadn’t ex­er­cised since school but took up jog­ging last year us­ing the ‘Couch to 5k’ pro­gramme.

“I’m 50 this year and wanted to im­prove my health and fit­ness. I’ve now lost two and a half stone and just last week I ran 11 and a half miles.

“I’ve cho­sen to raise funds for the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion to help fam­i­lies af­fected by stroke. The char­ity does so much to raise aware­ness of this ter­ri­ble con­di­tion.”

Louise Law­less, from the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “The Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion is thrilled to have been cho­sen as the lead char­ity for the Wa­ters Wilm­slow Half Marathon in 2015. There are around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one ev­ery three and a half min­utes. We’re so thank­ful that peo­ple like Stephen are rais­ing funds to en­sure we can be there for more fam­i­lies af­fected by stroke. We’ll be cheer­ing him on ev­ery step of the way.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.stroke.org.uk/ wa­ter­swilm­slowhalf.

Stephen Cross with Diane Warhurst from the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion, inset, Stephen has lost two and a half stone since start­ing train­ing

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