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Support The Stroke Association – and get fit

January 7, 2010

Promotional banner for The Stroke Association's Resolution 5k runs

Source: The Stroke Association

You may well be aware that I’m running the Paris Marathon on 11 April 2010 for The Stroke Association – if you’re feeling generous, there’s still time to donate at my JustGiving page. However, you don’t have to slog through 26.2 miles to raise money for a very good cause.

The Stroke Association has organised three Resolution 5k races to be held in April 2010 in Manchester (11 April), Southampton (11 April) and London (18 April). You can find more details here.

If you’ve decided to get fit as part of your New Year’s resolutions, or are just interested in trying out a bit of running (but without wanting to sign away too much of your life to some crazy training schedule), this might be just the ticket for you. Also, compared with some other charity races, these events are remarkably good value at £10 and including a free t-shirt. All The Stroke Association ask is for a pledge to raise £50 in sponsorship money.

If you’re a complete beginner and don’t quite know where to start, you could do a lot worse than the Couch to 5k training programme. It’s a nine-week training schedule, with three manageable sessions a week, designed to get you from no running to being able to sustain effort for 30 minutes. It’s a very popular training programme, so you can be sure it’s tried and tested.

Similarly, there’s plenty of time to raise £50 between now and mid-April. I’ll be posting some fundraising advice here shortly, based on my rather steep learning curve from trying to raise sponsorship for the Paris Marathon. If you’re looking for reasons to support The Stroke Association, read the information below, and go have a look at the good work they do on their website.

  • An estimated 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK each year
  • There are over 67,000 deaths due to stroke each year in the UK
  • Stroke is the third most common cause of death in England and Wales, after heart disease and cancer
  • Stroke accounts for 9 per cent of all deaths in men and 13 per cent of deaths in women in the UK
  • Stroke has a greater disability impact than any other chronic disease. Over 300,000 people are living with moderate to severe disabilities as a result of stroke
  • The direct cost of stroke to the NHS is estimated to be £2.8 billion. The cost to the wider economy is £1.8 billion. The informal care cost is £2.4 billion
  • The total costs of stroke care are predicted to rise in real terms by 30 per cent between 1991 and 2010
  • Stroke patients occupy around 20 per cent of all acute hospital beds and 25 per cent of long term beds
  • Stroke units save lives: for stroke patients general wards have a 14% to 25% higher mortality rate than stroke units
  • Each year over 130,000 people in England and Wales have a stroke. About 10,000 of these are under retirement age

And, of course, if this all sounds like a little too much with all the snow and ice around, why not just pop a sneaky donation over to justgiving/lewis-birchon – it’s guaranteed to make you feel good!

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