Mother’s stroke inspires South Harting runner

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SOUTH Harting resident Slaney Hopkins is preparing to take on the challenge of the Great South Run in Portsmouth on Sunday, October 25, to raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Slaney, 24, was inspired to run for the charity after her mum Caroline had a devastating stroke in September 2013.

Caroline, 46, woke up one morning unable to move or speak.

After her husband called an ambulance she was taken to hospital, where she was diagnosed as having had a stroke. The stroke affected both Caroline’s movement and speech, leaving her unable to walk or talk for months.

Slaney said, “Mum’s stroke was a huge shock to the whole family. When she came out of hospital she was unable to say a single word for at least three months, and her right side was completely paralysed. With help from the Stroke Association, mum taught herself how to do everything again using her left hand. From reading, to writing, to cooking, and to even be able to speak again, mum was so determined.

“We owe a lot of thanks to the Stroke Association for being there for mum through the hardest times.

“I wanted to take on this run to say thank you to the charity, and also raise vital funds to help other stroke survivors like my mum.”

To sponsor Slaney, visit Just Giving

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