Running to raise money for strokes

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laney Hopkins, 24, took on the Morrison’s Great South Run on Sunday, October 25.

She 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 stoke 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 mum 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 being able to speak again, mum was so determined.”

Caroline has since gone on to set up a forestry school with 
her husband Alex, teaching young children about the outdoors on their farm.

Slaney said: “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, please visit

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