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Stroke survivor Lisa to run 5K for charity

Lisa Ashton never thought she would run a 5K race – but then she never thought she would suffer a stroke at the age of 39.

From Press releases - 16 July 2015 12:00 AM

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Lisa Ashton never thought she would run a 5K race – but then she never thought she would suffer a stroke at the age of 39.

The mum-of-two, who works at energy firm UK Power Networks in Ipswich, had been ill with laryngitis when one day she found she had blurred vision, slurred speech and had lost the feeling in her arm.

She was more concerned about looking after her sons, who were then aged four and six, but her husband insisted she went to hospital where she was diagnosed as having a stroke, as well as pneumonia.

Lisa said: “I tried to read something but the words seemed jumbled in my head and I couldn’t make sense of anything. I then tried to lift a cup of tea, spilt it and I realised I couldn’t feel my face or right arm properly.

“I went to a mirror and my face was slightly drooping on one side, however, it didn’t occur to me at all that I was having a stroke.”

That was just over four years ago, and while Lisa says her recovery was relatively quick in that it took weeks rather than months or years, some people are not so lucky so she hopes to raise £200 for the Stroke Association by completing the 5K Run or Dye race in Ipswich on July 25.

The 43-year-old customer advisor, who lives in Ipswich, added: “A few months after my stroke, I decided to try and get fit, having not done any regular physical exercise for years. To start with, I couldn’t even run for 30 seconds without getting out of breath but after about six weeks, I was managing to run for 30 minutes non-stop.

“I now try and run a couple of times a week. I’m running the Run or Dye race with three other friends, one of whose father suffered a more severe stroke than me 30 years ago at the young age of 42, hence we formed “The Running Girls!” group.

“I now try and run a race every year as it gives me even more of an incentive to keep fit and healthy – this time 5k, next aim 10k! Now my boys want to come out running as well so it’s helping their fitness too.”

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East, will add another £100 to Lisa’s total as part of its match funding scheme.

This year, the company is supporting staff and the charities that are important to them by match funding the money they raise up to a value of £100. It expects to spend £50,000 on the match funding scheme this year.

Anyone wishing to help Lisa raise as much money as she can for the Stroke Association can donate via the website: https://www.justgiving.com/Lisa-Ashton4/