Thrapston woman takes on London Marathon in grandparents’ memory

Thrapston resident Kirsty Friend, 25, is taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 13, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association
Thrapston resident Kirsty Friend, 25, is taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 13, to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association
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A Thrapston resident is preparing to run the London Marathon this weekend on behalf of a stroke charity and in memory of two of her grandparents.

Kirsty Friend, 25, will be lining up for the 26-mile race on Sunday 13 April to raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Two of Kirsty’s grandparents lost their lives due to stroke, and the impact of their deaths made her determined to take on the distance and raise £500 for the charity.

She said: “I want to run for the Stroke Association as losing my grandparents to stroke affected my whole family. It’s so important that people recognise the symptoms and react quickly.

“Running the marathon is the biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on, but I’m determined to do it. The Stroke Association supports survivors and their families, and I want to make sure they can continue their vital work.”

Louise Knight, regional fundraising manager at Stroke Association, said: “There are around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s one every three and a half minutes. We’re a charity that relies on people like Kirsty to raise funds so we can be there for families affected by stroke.

“We’ll be cheering Kirsty on as she makes her way through London.”

To visit Kirsty’s fundraising page, click here.