A UTTOXETER veterinary nurse is pulling on her running shoes for a charity which supported her and her family.
Daina Fearon will join the Stroke Association’s running team at the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday, March 3.
Miss Fearon took part in the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run in 2012, and wanted to continue to challenge herself in 2013.
The 24-year-old said: “Taking part in the Resolution Run was the first running event I’ve ever done, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, from training to race day. I’m thrilled to be able to support the Stroke Association again – the charity means a lot to me because my nan had three strokes.
“Thanks to research and amazing staff, she has made an excellent recovery considering she is 94.”
The historic Silverstone track is an ideal venue for first time runners, or even experienced runners looking to do a personal best. The event is growing in popularity, with more than 6,000 runners taking part in 2012.
Debra Rawlings, of the Stroke Association, said: “This is one of our favourite half marathon courses and we’re hoping to make this our biggest team ever. We rely on people like Daina to help us change lives.
“The money raised will go to help prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research, and also to help support the 1.1 million people in the UK adjusting to a life after stroke.”
Although public places to enter have now closed, the association has some charity places still available for people who apply before February 15.
A stroke is a brain attack which occurs because of a clot or a bleed in the brain, causing cells to die. Each year one person has a stroke every five minutes in the UK.
More information is available from Debra Rawlings at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 8712472. Those wanting to support Ms Fearon can visit www.justgiving.com/daina-fearon.