The charity event was organised by former steward Nick Clarke, who had a stroke in September 2012.Nick was getting ready for work like any other day when it happened. He says: "I started to get dressed, and I couldn't grip anything, couldn't button my shirt or tie my laces. I laid on the bed whilst my wife rang 999. I was rushed to hospital where a scan showed I'd had bleed in my brain. I'm still recovering but it looks promising!
"Sharks fans have been so generous in helping us raise funds, so the charity can increase stroke awareness, especially that a stroke can happen to anyone, at any age. The Stroke Association has been wonderful and supportive, and I'm pleased to be able to give something back."
Upon hearing about Nick's stroke, Jonny Acheson from the Sharks Community Trust was very keen to show support to the charity. "The Stroke Association, like so many NW charities raises money for a great cause, and hearing about how it has affected Nick and the support that the charity has offered him, everyone at Sharks was eager to help. The importance of raising everyone's awareness of the signs of a stroke can go a long way to saving someone's life and hopefully the event has helped to increase this, as well as raise funds for the charity."
Liz Roberts from the charity, says: "It was a fantastic day, and we're looking forward to working with the club on future blood pressure checks and community events. Over 40% of strokes couldbe prevented if high blood pressure is controlled, so it's never too late to help lower your chances of a stroke."
A stroke is a brain attack which occurs because of a clot or a bleed in the brain, causing brain cells to die. One person has a stroke every five minutes in the UK. Around 45,000people in Greater Manchester are living with the effects of stroke.
The charity runs Life After Stroke services for stroke survivors and their families across Greater Manchester. For more information about stroke and services in the region, call 0161 745 8222, email firstname.lastname@example.org,