Elderly Exmouth stroke survivor takes on Exeter Resolution Run for Stroke Association

PUBLISHED: 06:55 15 January 2018

Tom Handley, 72, from Exmouth is training to take on the Stroke Association�s Resolution Run, in Exeter, on Sunday, February 25, just five months after suffering a stroke himself.

Tom Handley, 72, from Exmouth is training to take on the Stroke Association�s Resolution Run, in Exeter, on Sunday, February 25, just five months after suffering a stroke himself.

(c) Tom and Karen Handley

Tom Handley, from Exmouth, said he would be 'forever grateful' for the fantastic care he received from Royal Devon and Exeter's stroke support team and the Stroke Association and he is now using his rehabilitation to raise money and awareness for the charity.

An elderly Exmouth stroke survivor is using his rehabilitation to raise awareness of the condition by taking part in Exeter’s Resolution Run.

In September, 2017, 72 year-old Tom Handley, from Exmouth, suffered a stroke while undergoing a heart operation.

And now, just four months after his illness, he is training to take on the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run. The event is taking place in Exeter’s Escot Park, on Sunday, February 25.

Tom said: “It’s a challenging goal for me to work towards, but I’m determined to push myself and be proud of what I’ve achieved at the end of the day.

“The heart operation and stroke have set me back a great deal, but I am now progressing well with my recovery. Running this year’s Stroke Association Resolution Run is now a fundamental part of my rehabilitation, and I’m greatly looking forward to participating.”

This is the second time the septuagenarian, who has been a keen runner since the age of 68, has taken on one of the charity’s Resolution Runs, the first being before his illness.

Tom said he would be ‘forever grateful’ for the fantastic care he received from Royal Devon and Exeter’s stroke support team and the Stroke Association.

The Association’s Community and Events Fundraiser Jen Robinson-Slater said the Resolution Run was a good opportunity for people in Exeter to have fun together while being active.

She said: “Every five minutes in the UK, someone’s life is turned upside down by stroke.

“Each runner will help us do so much more to support stroke survivors and their families as they rebuild their lives. We’re thrilled Tom is taking part.

“We’re looking forward to cheering him on alongside our other participants as they makes their way through the park.”

The money raised by the run in Exeter will help the organisation fund vital research and support people affected by stroke in the South West.

The organisation said at least half of strokes could be prevented if people made simple lifestyle changes, such as eating healthily, taking regular exercise and controlling blood pressure.

For more information on Exeter’s Resolution Run you can visit the Stroke Association website http://www.stroke.org.uk/resolution

To sponsor Tom visit www.justgiving.com/companyteams/HandleyStroke2018

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