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Brave dad completes 10k race a year after stroke

David Swales with son Ben and daughter Bethany
David Swales with son Ben and daughter Bethany

A brave dad has raised £2,000 for charity by running a 10K race just a year after he suffered a debilitating stroke.

David Swales, completed the race along with his daughter Bethany,21, and son Ben, 24,

on May 21

It is just a year after the plucky 54-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, suffered a stroke before the finish line of another 10K race, last April.

“I was determined to do it as it was not only for a good cause but the training helped with my recovery,” said David, from Moreton Hall.

“After my stroke, which happened last year when I was sprinting to the finish line to try to make it under an hour, I suffered 40 per cent loss of my vision as well as speech and cognitive problems, and also suffered depression.”

David, assistant finance director at West Suffolk Hospital, was raising money for the Livability Icanho Centre, in Stowmarket, which specialises in services for people who have suffered brain injury.

Mr Swales, who was unable to work for 11 months after his stroke, received care from the centre which helped him recover most of his speech and cope with his depression.

He completed the Hoohah Wimpole Hall Race last month in a time of 59 mins, crossing the finishing line with daughter, Bethany.

“I was under strict orders not to sprint to the finish again by my wife as overexertion can bring on another stroke,” said David.

“I am just glad to be here and able to raise the money for a wonderful centre.”

People can still donate by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DavidSwalesIcanho


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