MP & Councillor take to the streets for The Stroke Association

 Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop, and Guisborough Councillor Joe Keenan are running the Middlesbrough 10k for The Stroke Association on Sunday 4 September.

 Tom Blenkinsop MP says: “We have decided to raise money for The Stroke Association because two Redcar and Cleveland Councillors we work with have had strokes in the last year. My Uncle also had a stroke recently, so I’m running in support of him too.”

 “By doing the run, we hope to raise awareness of strokes, how to spot if someone is having one, how to prevent strokes and also what services there are in the local area to support stroke survivors. Training has been unconventional. It has consisted of delivering our newsletters to residents on foot!”

 The money raised by Tom and Joe will go to help prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research, and also to help support the 1.1 million people in the UK adjusting to a life after stroke.

 To support Tom and Joe, visit

 A stroke is a brain attack which occurs because of a clot or a bleed in the brain, causing brain cells to die. Each year, one person has a stroke every five minutes in the UK. For further information about stroke or The Stroke Association, please contact the Stroke Information Service on 0303 30 33 100, or visit

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