A team of stroke survivors have successfully cycled the equivalent distance of London to Brighton on indoor bikes at Crowborough Leisure Centre.
The cyclists successfully cycled 56 miles in 3.5 hours on Monday 17th November. The event was organised by the Freedom Leisure team to raise funds for the Stroke Association and awareness of strokes.
A team of eight stroke survivors who attend rehabilitation classes at Crowborough Leisure Centre took part. Family and friends were there to support their effort and emotions ran high as the cyclists showed how it’s possible to regain fitness and stamina following a stroke.
While the cyclists pedalled away, members of the Leisure Centre came along to have a free blood pressure check from the Stroke Association. Thirty five people took the opportunity: most were fine but a few did have high blood pressure and they were given advice on how to manage this. Early detection of high blood pressure is key to taking preventative measures and reducing the risk of having a stroke.
Steph Wadlow, Freedom Leisure Health Programmes Manager, said:
The cycle ride was a really positive event and I was delighted to see my Stroke Rehabilitation Group members take to the saddle. Stroke survivors can have so much life ahead of them and exercise is key to helping them manage any physical limitations they have.
Not only did this prove they have regained physical fitness, it gave them a great confidence boost to be able to undertake the challenge. Their families and friends were obviously very proud to see them in action: it was moving and humbling.
If you have been affected by stroke, visit the Stroke Association www.stroke.org.uk. To find out more about the Stroke Group at Crowborough Leisure Centre contact 01892 665488.