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26 miles in support of Island stroke patients
10 July 2019

£375 has been raised for St. Mary’s Stroke Unit to benefit people receiving care following a stroke.

Louise Snook signed up for this year’s London Marathon to raise money for the unit who cared for her mum last year. Louise decided to take on the 26 mile run in April as a way to say thank you for the fantastic care the stroke team have given to Mrs Snook.

Commenting on her fundraising efforts and why she chose to support the unit, Louise said: “The London Marathon has, by far, been the biggest challenge I have ever set myself as I’m not a runner. But I wanted to do something to support the unit as they have been brilliant with my mum, especially the physiotherapy team, who are just amazing.

“They have given such a boost to mum’s wellbeing and they have supported her from the very beginning in hospital through to rehabilitation and finally to getting her home and helping her to get back to doing all the things she used to do.  We cannot thank everyone enough for their support.”

Before she retired in 2009 Mrs Snook was a nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital and has also supported the Chaplaincy Service for many years. At mile 18 Louise turned to her mum for support to get her through the last 8 miles.  Louise said: “I was completely exhausted and I phoned mum as I didn’t know how to carry on and she was so encouraging; she reminded me why I was doing it and it and she spurred me on. My daughter, Tilly, joined me from mile 22 onwards and got me across the finishing line. It was so tough but I’d do it again tomorrow to show our appreciation.”

Charlotte Croucher, Stroke Ward Sister, said: “Well done to Louise for taking on such a huge challenge and for choosing to support us, we are so grateful. This is an amazing amount of money for us and we plan to use it to fund additional equipment to benefit our patients receiving physiotherapy. Thank you to everyone who has supported Louise.”

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