The Stroke Association is calling on people in Scotland to take part in a walking challenge to support thousands of stroke survivors living with the devastating effects of stroke
This year’s annual Kiltwalk takes place on Sunday, 26 September – leaving from Glasgow Green at 11am.
“Be a Kiltwalk hero in 2021 and join Team Stroke,” says Andrea Watt, a fundraiser for the North of Scotland.
“All Kiltwalk fundraising for the Stroke Association gets a massive 50% boost from The Hunter Foundation.
“So why not take on the challenge as a family or maybe a team effort with your work colleagues? Whatever you want to do! We hope to see you there!”
Amanda Potter from Greenock said:
“I have decided to take part in Kiltwalk this year as it’s something I’ve not yet taken part in,” says Kiltwalk participant Amanda Potter.
“I have previously taken part in the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run in 2019 after my mum had a stroke at only 52 years old.
“Without the money raised, there would have been no treatment for my mum to continue to live her life again.
“I’m super excited to be taking part in Kiltwalk this year with some of my work colleagues and help raise awareness and money for a great cause!”
The walk is open to anyone in Scotland. Walkers can take part by undertaking The Mighty Stride of 16.5 miles or the Wee Wander of 3.5 miles.
Scottish stroke statistics
Stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off and brain cells are damaged or die.
- Around 10,000 people have a stroke every year in Scotland.
- Stroke and cerebrovascular disease kills over 3,750. Many more have to live with the effects.
- There are over 128,000 people in Scotland currently living with the effects of their stroke. It’s estimated there will be almost 175,000 by 2035.
- Stroke is Scotland’s fourth biggest killer.
- Stroke is a leading cause of severe adult disability.
- Almost two thirds of survivors leave hospital with a disability.
- By 2025 the cost of stroke to Scotland in terms of health and social care will be over £2.5 billion a year. By 2035 that rises to over £4.5 billion a year.