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Mayor to Face the Abyss

Mayor to Face the Abyss

9th December 2008

The Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Ann Russell, will be applauding supporters of The Stroke Association when they descend 150 feet into a dark, cloudy pool of dry ice at the Abyss @ Magna in Sheffield.

The charity will be holding its first ever Christmas Nightmare Abseil on 13th and 14th December. Places are still available for the two-day event, although over three hundred participants have already registered, so people are encouraged to act fast. 

The Mayor said she was delighted to be supporting the event. She added: "What a fantastic way of highlighting this awful condition, which affects so many people across Rotherham. Congratulations to all those who have signed up to take part - I admire their courage and I hope they have a truly memorable day."

Abseiling is a truly memorable experience, and a great opportunity to take a challenge-- either individually or as a team with colleagues, friends or family. No previous experience is required, as full instruction will be given by professional, friendly instructors.

Louise Bennett, Regional Fundraising Manager in the West Midlands, explains, 'The Mayor is leading by example in her attending this exciting event. Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke. We're so grateful to her and to all of our supporters who are helping us work towards a vision of a world with fewer strokes and where those affected by stroke get the help they need.'

Registration for the Abseil is just £10.00 and participants need to raise a minimum of £75 in donations. Participants will receive a fundraising pack with ideas on how to help maximise fundraising efforts.

Places are filling fast, so call the Abseil Hotline now on 07799 436 011 to register. Alternatively, email abseiltheabyss@stroke.org.uk for more information.

If you would like further information about stroke or The Stroke Association, please contact the Stroke Information Service on 0845 303 3100, or visit the website at www.stroke.org.uk.         

A stroke is a brain attack which causes brain damage.  A stroke can be diagnosed by using FAST - Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, Time to call 999.  Stroke is a medical emergency; if any of these symptoms are present call an ambulance straight away.

The Stroke Helpline provides information on stroke to the general public and is open between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday on 0845 3033 100.

 More information on The Stroke Association can be found at www.stroke.org.uk.

About stroke

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted.  Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Some strokes are caused by bleeding in or around the brain from a burst blood vessel. When the blood supply is disrupted, parts of the brain become damaged or destroyed. Some strokes are fatal whist others can cause permanent or temporary disabilities such as paralysis to one side of the body and loss of the ability to speak, read or write. Recovery may be slow and can vary from person to person.

Strokes can be prevented through lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet - particularly reducing salt intake, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking and taking regular exercise.

Stroke statistics

  • Each year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke.
  • Stroke is the third biggest killer and the leading cause of severe disability.
  • Of all people who suffer from a stroke, about a third are likely to die within the first 10 days, about a third are likely to make a recovery within one month and about a third are likely to be left disabled and needing rehabilitation.
  • At least 300,000 people in England are living with moderate to severe disabilities as a result of a stroke.

A stroke can happen to any one at any time.  Around a quarter of strokes happen to those aged under 65, with around 1000 happening to those under 30.