Survivors set to take a Step Out for Stroke

Richard Shields (seated) with his wife Hazel and family at the 2015 Step out for Stroke in Antrim Castle Gardens.
Richard Shields (seated) with his wife Hazel and family at the 2015 Step out for Stroke in Antrim Castle Gardens.

A fundraising event is being held this month to raise funds for the Stroke Association with local families invited to attend.

The Step Out for Stroke walk at Antrim Castle Gardens on May 22 gets underway at 2pm and is an opportunity for stroke survivors and their families to come together.

The event is open to everyone, regardless of age or ability, and organisers are asking people to register now to take part.

Step out for Stroke is an event for everyone affected by stroke, and can be as long or as short as participants can manage. For stroke survivors, this challenge often marks their first steps since their stroke.

Richard Shields, from Antrim, had a stroke in August 2014 when he was only 33 and took part in last year’s event.

“It was really amazing to be surrounded by family and friends at least year’s Step out for Stroke in Antrim. The whole community really came together to support those that were making their first steps post-stroke,” Richard said.

He added: “I encourage everyone across Antrim to come together at the end of May and support this worthy cause”

The flat course starts and finishes beside Clotworthy House and is around 1 mile in length.

To sign up and find out more about Step out for Stroke visit www.stroke.org.uk/stepout