A STROKE survivor is stepping out to help raise awareness of the condition.
Muriel Price was aged just 23 when she suffered a stroke, caused by a cerebral aneurysm.
Now 66, the retired primary school teacher is taking part in The Stroke Association’s annual Step out for Stroke walk.
Muriel, from Washington, said: “I still have some pain and weakness in my right side, and I can’t walk more than three miles, but I’m determined to give it a go.
“It’s for such a worthwhile cause. The more money we can raise to help The Stroke Association fund research, the better.
“I’ve been lucky. I could have died from my aneurysm operation, so I’m happy to give something back to a condition which affects so many people.”
The sponsored walk around Herrington Country Park is designed to raise awareness of stroke.
Mrs Price added: “A lot of people think that it’s only older people who can have strokes – but I was only 23. It can happen any time in life.
“I want to educate people about this and about the importance of The Stroke Association and other charities that need money to do research and help people with follow-up care.”
The Stroke Association’s Janet Price said: “We want people to make this event their own and make a day of it. Some people will choose to have a relaxing stroll past the picturesque sculptures and parkland, others could come in fancy dress, do the course backwards, or for the more athletic, time themselves to run seven laps, the equivalent of a half marathon.
“Walking is also a great way to help reduce body fat and lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, which are major risk factors for stroke.”
Mrs Price is doing the walk with her husband John, 69, and their two grandchildren, Jack, three, and Amelie Benson, five.
The walk, on May 7, is one of a number of events that will be held around the country to raise funds to support the 1.1million people across the UK adjust to life after stroke.
The walk costs £5 each or £10 for a family, and participants are asked to raise as much sponsorship money as they can.
Everyone will receive a limited edition Step out for Stroke T-shirt and certificate on the day, and Northumbrian Water will be on hand to provide free bottled water.
To register online or for more information visit www.stroke.org.uk/stepout