September 25th, 2016

Jules climbs Snowden in memory of ‘inspirational’ mum

A WOMAN from Solihull will take on Snowdon to raise funds for the Stroke Association in memory of her mum.

Jules Hayes will take on the 3,500-foot climb up the highest mountain in Wales in August to raise cash for the charity which helps stroke victims and their families.

The 34-year-old from Elmdon lost her mum Brenda aged 71 in March, a month after she suffered a major stroke at home while recovering from another illness.

Jules, who works for insurance company Allianz, said: “Mum’s death was a big shock for the family as she had always been so healthy and there were no signs before she had her stroke.

“Shortly after we came into contact with the Stroke Association and saw first-hand the fantastic work they do supporting stroke victims and their families.

“This is something we never thought would affect our family and it’s only when it did we realised just how many people suffer strokes every year.

“Mum was an inspirational person and my best friend and I really want to make something good come out of this.”

More than 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke every year and there are around 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK. Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer and more men than prostate and testicular cancer combined a year. It is the biggest cause of long-term disability.

Jules takes on the challenge on August 8. She has already raised more than £300 and hopes to raise £500 for the Stroke Association.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Julie-Hayes8/ to make a donation.

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