Shoreditch resident follows in her father’s footsteps with charity run

Jessica and Keith Knowles

Jessica and Keith Knowles - Credit: Archant

A Shoreditch resident is following in her father’s footsteps on an epic charity run to fundraise for the Stroke Association.

Jessica Knowles, 27, of Swanfield Street was inspired to take on Bupa’s Great North Run, as her father Keith did 30 years ago after he suffered from a stroke last April.

Miss Knowles will race the 13 miles in her hometown of South Shields in Newcastle to raise awareness for the 152,000 strokes a year people suffer in the UK.

She said: “Dad’s stroke was such a shock to the whole family. He was fit, healthy and relatively young – it just goes to show that stroke can affect anyone.

“I’ve set myself a fundraising target of £500 to help fund the amazing work the Stroke Association does for people like my dad.”

Keith is still receiving treatment in the stroke unit at King’s College Hospital, where he is learning to walk and talk again.

Miss Knowles added: “Dad’s due to be discharged from hospital the weekend of the Great North Run. He still has some mobility issues and difficulty with his speech, but I’d love for him to come up to Newcastle and see me in the race he ran 30 years ago, as he’s my inspiration for doing it.

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“I’ve never ran a half marathon before, and I always said it would be the Great North Run if I did; it has such a personal connection for me.”

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