Flying high for the Stroke Association

By Tristan Harris Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 09/11 03:43

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A BROMSGROVE woman, whose mum suffered a stroke in January, undertook a daring skydive and raised £2,000 for The Stroke Association.

Michelle Hart undertook the jump in the summer for the charity, which helped her mum Jacqueline when she was left paralysed on her right side and unable to speak.

Jacqueline was one of the first people to undergo a new medical procedure to remove a clot from her brain, using a tiny mesh basket fed through an artery in her leg.

Just two days after the procedure, Jacqueline left the hospital and was able to walk and speak again.

Michelle said: “We were devastated when mum had her stroke, she had always been fit and healthy so it came completely out of the blue.

“We are so grateful to the hospital for their expertise and care and also the Stroke Association which raises funds for more research so more people can have a better recovery like mum.”

Claire Benfield, the Stroke Association’s regional fund-raiser, said the charity was celebrating 20 years of saving lives, preventing strokes and improving the lives of stroke survivors.

“We would not have been able to do any of it without the support of the people like Michelle in our region,” she added.

Jacqueline helped Michelle raise the cash with a charity night at Cotteridge Social Club and a ‘running tuck shop’.

Jacqueline also raised £1,000 for Moseley Hospital’s brain injury rehab earlier this year.

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