Young Doncaster stroke survivor doing 10k run

Young stroke survivor Hannah Burton.
Young stroke survivor Hannah Burton.

A young stroke survivor from Doncaster is stepping out to raise funds for charity.

Hannah Burton, 19, is taking part in the York 10k on August 2 in aid of the Stroke Association.

In July 2014, Hannah had a stroke aged just 18. The stroke left her unable to use her left leg, left arm and hand, and with problems with her memory and communication. Even brushing her teeth was so exhausting she would have to take a nap to recuperate.

Hannah has made an astonishing recovery and over the next few months she has set herself a series of goals, including completing a run. In August 2014 Hannah was struggling to walk ten metres, yet next month she will take on the York 10k to prove how far she has come in her recovery.

Hannah said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. Before my stroke, I never ran at all and when I started training I was struggling to get to the end of the road.

“I train three times a week, but I sometimes still struggle with tiredness. I have two friends running alongside me on the day, Abi and Bridie, and we’re all raising money for The Stroke Association as they’ve seen how much they’ve helped me.

“The charity has given me information, support and a friendly face on so many occasions in the past few months. They’ve helped me understand and come to terms with my life after my stroke, as well as prepare me for the future. This is going to be a massive achievement for me, I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope to help other people see that there is life after a stroke.”

To support Hannah and donate to the Stroke Association visit https://www.justgiving.com/HannahBurton19.

For more information about stroke, visit www.stroke.org.uk or call the Helpline on 0303 303 3100.