Stroke Appeal Hoping To Raise £1,000 This Weekend

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A stroke can affect anyone, at any age.

That’s the message being given by St Mary’s resident Beth Thomas, who’s hoping to raise £1,000 for the Stroke Association over Gig Weekend.

Beth is selling purple wristbands at £1 each, carrying the ‘Stroke for Stroke’ logo. And she’ll be setting up her stall on Holgate’s Green, handing out information to rowers on how to spot a stroke and how they can be prevented.

Beth says people tend to think that strokes only affect older members of the community. But she says even fit and healthy rowers can be hit.

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She knows this from personal experience. Her own father Paul had a stroke at the age of 44, just two weeks after competing in the Gig Championships.

Collection boxes are being placed in various businesses around the islands and the Nornour women’s gig crew will be wearing t-shirts sponsored by the charity. You can also buy the wristbands at the papershop.