September 28th, 2016

Stratford Paralympic hopeful urges people to lend a hand to Stroke Association

Stratford Paralympic hopeful urges people to lend a hand to Stroke Association Stratford Paralympic hopeful urges people to lend a hand to Stroke Association

PEOPLE are being challenged to lend a hand to the Stroke Association.

Paralympic hopeful Megan Giglia is supporting the charity’s ‘Give a Hand’ initiative next week which will see people across the UK complete an everyday activity using the hand they would not normally use.

The 30 year-old from Stratford suffered a stroke in January 2013 which left her with right side paralysis.

Since then she has continued to recover and been accepted onto Great Britain Cycling Team with hopes of competing at the Paralympics in Rio 2016.

She said: “I have always been an active person, so to lose control of my right side was a huge shock. However, one morning after a lot of ups and downs, I decided that I couldn’t let my stroke stop me from doing anything I wanted, and I would focus all my energy, emotion and determination on a sport.

“I have always cycled for leisure, but never dreamed that I could ride at an elite level. To begin with, I could only stay on the bike for a few seconds before I fell off. But I wasn’t going to give up. So I tried over and over again until I could stay on for longer.

“By getting involved with ‘Give a Hand,’ hopefully many more people will be able to help change the world for stroke survivors. The vital funds raised for the Stroke Association will support people like me who are on the road to recovery.”

Visit www.stroke.org.uk/giveahand for more information or to download or request a fund-raising pack.

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