Step out for Stroke at Millennium Stadium
25th April 2013, 11:27 am By Principality Stadium
The Millennium Stadium is looking forward to welcoming fundraisers from the Stoke Association back to the national stadium for the annual Step out for Stroke walk on Tuesday 7 May.
The sponsored walk is one of fifteen Community Events held at the home of welsh sport each year without the hire-charge borne by commercial organisations.
Step out for Stroke aims to raise awareness and essential funds the 65,100people across Wales living with the effects of stroke.For stroke survivors, this challenge often marks their first steps to recovery, with participants saying it is a really “inspiring and emotional” day.
The event welcomes everyone, regardless of age or ability to take part and organisers are asking people to register now to take part alongside many stroke survivors and their families.
Seren Evans, Fundraiserfor the Stroke Association, says: “Stroke happens in an instant, but its effects can last a lifetime. Far too many people don’t understand it or think it will happen to them. We believe everyone affected by stroke should get the support they need to make the best possible recovery.
We’re inviting the whole community to come to this fun day out and help us make it an event to remember. It is a milestone for many stroke survivors taking part, and is an occasion the whole family will enjoy.”
Registration costs £7.50 and will be from 10am and fundraisers can get involved in their lunch hour from 11am to 1:30pm.
On the day there will be free blood pressure checks, massage therapies available from Cardiff and Vale College and performances from Ysgol Gymraeg Cwm Derwen School dawnsio gwerin folk dancing group.
Acting Headteacher, Kathryn Matthews, says; “We are delighted to be able to bring along our pupils to dance at the Stroke Association’s Step Out for Stroke event at the Millennium Stadium. Over 60 year one and two children are also very excited to be able to take part in the walk itself and are interested to see what lies behind the stadium gates as part of the guided tour!
“The school is very pleased to be supporting the Association in raising vital funds for stroke survivors and we hope the event will be a great success”.
Stroke Ambassador, Stuart Neale, will be stepping out around the famous pitch following his previous success walking from Pontypridd to Cardiff and back before taking part in last year’s Pontypridd Step Out event. Stuart, now 40, suffered a stroke when he was 35, only hours after completing the Cardiff Half Marathon. Due to his own determination Stuart has made an amazing recovery. He says;
“Completing last year’s Step Out event after my walk to Cardiff and back was one of my biggest achievements since my stroke. These events are an incredible opportunity to raise money and awareness and really inspire people to get involved with the organisation.”
There are over 11,000people across Waleswho have a stroke each year.
To find out more about Step out for Stroke visit https://www.stroke.org.uk/fundraising/step-out-for-stroke and for information on Millennium Stadium Community Events click the relevant tap above.