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June's off on 26-mile walk Nordic-style

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

June Holden will walk 26 miles in 12 hours.

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A 67-YEAR-OLD Hulland woman is gearing up to take on a 26-mile walk in just 12 hours to raise money for the Stroke Association.

June Holden will be Nordic walking, with a pair of poles, in the Northumberland Coastal Challenge next month.

She is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the Stroke Association, which has helped her husband after he suffered a stroke 15 months ago.

Mrs Holden wants the money she raises to go towards research into strokes, as work continues to examine the brain's capacity to heal itself after one.

She said: "My husband, Jeff, suffered his first stroke when asleep in bed on November 28, 2012. It was 11.30pm and fortunately I was still awake and able to call 999 straight away.

"Jeff started to recover quickly, which was incredible to witness after seeing him unconscious.

"Unfortunately, two days later, he suffered a second stroke which resulted in left-sided weakness and short-term memory loss.

"It is such a shock when a stroke happens and extremely difficult to come to terms with. The impact, for both my husband and for me as his wife and carer, has been immense.

"Jeff and I decided that the best way to say thank you to everyone who has helped us on this long and difficult journey was to raise money for the Stroke Association.

"The money will be used in its continued research programme and in particular the work undertaken at King's College London into the brain's capacity to heal itself.

"We continue to fight the impact of the stroke and work together to try to achieve a good quality of life, which at times is not easy."

June's challenge will take place on Monday, May 5. Her sponsorship page can be found by visiting www.just giving.com/June-Holden1.

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