Fife stroke survivor walking 1.2 million steps for charity

A St Andrews stroke survivor is walking 1.2 million steps for charity.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 11:18 am
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 11:25 am
John had a stroke in 2018.

John Allison (84) is taking on the Stroke Association’s Stride for Stroke challenge as he looks to walk 10,000 steps a day between his birthday on Feb 21 and his wife Janet’s birthday on 17 June.

John is aiming to walk 1.2 million steps during that time, which is one step for every stroke survivor in the UK.

The St Andrews pensioner had a stroke in 2018 which affected his ability to drive and cycle. He was determined to get his strength back as soon as possible, to allow him to go back to doing the things he enjoyed such as running – John is a keen parkrunner.

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He was also thrilled to get back to his garden and the great outdoors.

And now John wants to "give something back” and so decided to take part in ‘Stride for Stroke’ to raise funds for the charity.

John’s wife Janet said she is really proud to see her husband taking on such a challenge, given he has had a stroke himself.

She said: “Hopefully it will give him a sense of achievement and get him out and about again after this latest lockdown which has been particularly hard on us all.”

Andrea Watt, fundraiser for Scotland at the Stroke Association in Scotland said: “We know how tough life has been recently.

"This is especially true for the 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK right now.

"While we aren’t able to meet up as we would like, John is still doing something amazing and walking 1.2 million steps – that’s one step for every stroke survivor, over the next 120 days.

“Whether you take on this challenge as a stroke survivor, in memory of a loved one, in support of someone affected by stroke or you just want to help raise crucial funds to rebuild lives after stroke – we are so incredibly grateful.

“A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down. However, with the support of people like John can help more stroke survivors and their families as they look to rebuild their lives.”

For more information and to sign up to this year’s Stride for Stroke, visit – www.stroke.org.uk/webform/stride-for-stroke

To sponsor John, please visit – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-allison13.