Stephen strides out for stroke cause
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