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Wirral mum's marathon effort for Stroke Association
THE daughter of a Wirral stroke victim has taken part in the Edinburgh marathon to raise funds for research into the condition.
Chloe Thompson, from Pensby, was among thousands who took part in the event on May 25, raising more than £300 for the Stroke Association.
The mum-of-two, an administration assistant for the charity in Chester, was inspired to take part after father, John, had a stroke in April, which affected his left side.
Chloe, 29, said: "The support the Stroke Association gives survivors and their families is fantastic, and I want to help the charity be there for everyone affected by stroke.
"I began working for the charity when I left university, then after having my two boys I returned in October last year.
"My dad had a stroke a month ago and is recovering well, but seeing him affected by the stroke motivated me further to run my first marathon for the Stroke Association.”
Chloe ran the marathon for the first time alongside husband Ed, completing the race in four hours and 55 minutes.
She added: "It was a fantastic atmosphere and there was lots of support on the day which was really encouraging.
"Knowing so many people had kindly sponsored me also really spurred me on. I said I wouldn’t run another but I’ve already signed up to the Chester Marathon in October."
Louise Kay, the Stroke Association's community and events fundraising manager, said: "There are around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that's one every three and a half minutes.
"It's vital that people like Chloe are raising funds to ensure we can be there for even more families affected by stroke. We couldn’t be more grateful for her support."
For more information on the Stroke Association, call 0303 30 33 100 or visit www.stroke.org.uk
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