Bromsgrove gym raises funds for the Stroke Association

By Tristan Harris Thursday 02 January 2014 Updated: 05/01 23:50

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Buy photos » Stroke survivor Pete Rumbold, personal trainer Jolie Reynolds, running coach Lara Jackson, stroke survivor Tom Flaherty, manager Paul Costello and the Stroke Association’s regional fund-raiser Claire Benfield. Picture by Tristan Harris.

MORE THAN £1,200 has been raised for The Stroke Association thanks to a sponsored Zumbathon and a Walk, Jog or Run event organised by Bromsgrove’s Altered Images fitness centre.

The Walk, Jog or Run raised £1,099 after 30 members took part and the Zumbathon, which involved 15 people, saw £117 collected.

The events were organised by running coach Lara Jackson and personal trainer Jolie Reynolds.

The link between the charity and the centre started after one of their members, Pete Rumbold, suffered a stroke. It came as a complete shock - he was a 16st body builder who trained five times a week, did not smoke, ate healthily and played the very competetive sport racketball. His life changed forever after his stroke but the team at the Altered Images gym have helped him with his rehabilitation.

The centre runs special programmes for stroke survivors and has been working closely with staff at the town’s Life After Stroke Centre - the first of its kind in the UK.

Altered Images manager Paul Costello said: “With the Stroke Association being here in Bromsgrove with its Life After Stroke Centre, it seemed like a natural thing to do.”

Lara added: “We have quite a few stroke survivors who use the gym and seeing their progression is inspirational.”

Claire Benfield, the Stroke Association’s regional fund-raiser, said: “We are so grateful for the support from Altered images.

“The money they have raised will help stroke survivors in the area - £600 will be going directly to the Young Stroke survivors group, which meets regularly at the Life after Stroke centre.”

Further events for the Stroke Association have been planned by Altered Images staff in the new year and Lara will be running the London Marathon for the charity.

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