People walk for stroke survivor at Hunstanton

Gordon Stewart, 47, from Gaywood, with Jandy ANL-161105-165248001
Gordon Stewart, 47, from Gaywood, with Jandy ANL-161105-165248001

The Step Out for Stroke event on Hunstanton prom will have the colourful support of a local survivor when it takes place on Tuesday, May 24.

Father-of-two, Gordon Stewart, 47, from Gaywood, has had multiple strokes, leaving him registered blind and with numbness in the right side of his body.

Gordon has shown his support for the event by dying his hair purple after the Stroke Association called on everyone to sign up to Make May Purple in 2016.

During the month of May, the charity is raising awareness of the impact of stroke, and sharing information and advice on how to help prevent the condition across the UK.

Gordon said: “The strokes have left me blind, unable to work and totally exhausted.

“But thanks to the Stroke Association’s weekly support group, I’ve found my confidence, met new people, and I’ve realised that I’m not alone. I now take part in local art and walking groups, visually impaired archery, and recently proposed to my girlfriend.”

“I’ll be taking part in the Step Out with my fiancée Tracey, and guide dog Jandy. I wanted to do something to give back to the charity and thank them for all their support over the past four years.”

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.

Sara Betsworth at the Stroke Association, said: “Make May Purple is an opportunity to show our support for everyone who has been affected by stroke. This incredibly cruel condition strikes in an instant, and affects thousands of people living in the East of England.

“Through Gordon’s efforts, we can help raise awareness of stroke in the local community.

“We’re incredible grateful to everyone who’s getting behind Make May Purple in 2016.

“ Whether you chose to bake it, wear it or plant it purple, the vital funds you raise will help us conquer stroke.”

To sign up to take part in the event visit www.stroke.org.uk/stepout