Striders' Charities of the Year
Two tragic events that deeply affected the Desford Striders family during 2021 made the choice of charities to support during 2022 much easier than usual.
The aim during the year is to raise as much money as possible to be split between the Stroke Association and the Sandcastle Trust after they were selected as the club’s joint Charities of the Year.
Tragedy first hit Striders in August, when club stalwart and run leader Stuart Hall suffered a major stroke and very sadly passed away two days later at the age of 55.
Stuart had been a member of Striders since 2018 after participating in the club’s very popular Couch to 5K programme and was in training to run the London Marathon when he passed away.
Stuart’s family had amazing support from the Stroke Association in the weeks and months after his death and the charity was therefore an obvious choice to benefit from the year’s fundraising.
The Stroke Association aims to support people to rebuild their lives after stroke, providing specialist support, funding critical research and campaigning to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support.
A spokesperson said: “Rebuilding lives after a stroke is a team effort. It takes the determination of stroke survivors and carers, the generosity of supporters and the dedication of the healthcare and research communities to get there.
“To help in the recovery of stroke survivors we provide information, support and advice.”
As a large national charity, key areas of the Stroke Association’s work include support services, information, research, fundraising, campaigning and volunteering.