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Step Out for Stroke - again (10th May 2015!)

posted 21 Mar 2015, 03:04 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 21 Mar 2015, 03:05 ]

Enthusiastic readers of these articles will remember that two years ago, our late whippet, Hamish, and I undertook a sponsored walk – Step Out for Stroke - at Glamis Castle.

At the time, Hamish complained loudly about several aspects of the day: the long journey, the chilly breeze and the colour of the t-shirt he was forced to wear being just some of them. Perhaps he was feeling his age, as this proved to be his last major outing before his sad passing the following month. Thanks to the generosity of many friends, we raised almost £300 for the Stroke Association on that day. These are funds that go directly to supporting research into stroke and providing help for stroke survivors in Scotland.

Last May, on a lovely sunny day, a similar event was held on Aboyne Green and a number of you, including Vittoria, supported this very generously. We also had great support from the Aboyne Rotary Club who provided stewards (and cakes) on the day. This year a further family day out will be held here on Deeside, because on the afternoon of 10 May 2015 another Step Out for Stroke event is being held on Aboyne Green. The funds raised will be shared equally between the Stroke Association and the Deeside Stroke Group, which holds a weekly exercise class for local stroke survivors in the Auld Kirk Hall, Aboyne and is supported and part- funded by the Stroke Association in Scotland.

Step Out for Stroke is a sponsored walk open to all ages and abilities, including wheelchair users. Events are held all over the UK. You can choose to walk ten steps or a couple of miles. You can just turn up on the day – there’s a £5 registration fee - but even better, if you register in advance, you may be able to persuade friends and family to sponsor you to take part. You can register on-line at the Stroke Association’s website www.stroke.org.uk/stepout , or if on-line is not your thing, you can register by post, by sending off a form available from the Stroke Association in Edinburgh (0131 555 7245), or I can provide you with a form. Because undiagnosed high blood pressure is a major cause of stroke, you can, if you wish, have your blood pressure taken by a trained volunteer at this event.

May is also Stroke Awareness month and the Stroke Association is encouraging everyone to make, bake, wear or do something purple that month. With one in six people of all ages in the UK suffering a stroke every year, this is a serious health issue which devastates lives and is a major cost to health and social care services. On Sunday 10 May, after leaving the service, by turning right and heading for the Green
– dressed in purple or not - you can play a part in helping to defeat this dreadful condition. I’ll be walking with our whippet, Archie, in tow. I’ll be joined by a number of people affected by stroke. Will you join us - again?

Eric Sinclair