Bury St Edmunds mum’s journey is ‘ highly commended’ by charity

Tracy Groves, the Stroke Association's information officer for the East of England, with fundraiser Tracy Hanratta
Tracy Groves, the Stroke Association's information officer for the East of England, with fundraiser Tracy Hanratta
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A mother-of-two who channelled her grief into helping others has been ‘highly commended’ for her courage and determination.

Tracy Hanratta, of Bury St Edmunds, was left shocked and devastated when her grandfather, who had already survived cancer and pneumonia, died of a stroke in October 2012.

On the day he died, Tracy, 48, vowed to do what she could to prevent others experiencing the same pain.

Two years on and that promise has seen her abseil, parasail, run 5k, walk on hot coals, host a number of charity events and receive a ‘highly commended life after stroke award’ from the Stroke Association.

The award, presented to Tracy two weeks ago at Great Barton Village Hall, recognised her achievement in having raised almost half her target. Tracy said: “I was quite choked up really - it was an honour. There are so many people who raise thousands and don’t get recognised so I was really chuffed.”

“I just hope he was looking down, thinking ‘there’s my girl’,” she added.