Youngster to compete in Lowestoft race to help Stroke Association
A battling south Lowestoft girl who suffered a stroke when she was only four years old has made such a remarkable recovery that she is now gearing up for a charity run through the town.
Lily Dewbery, from the Kirkley area of the town and who has to take medication and undergo physiotherapy every day, will be taking part in her own mini Lowestoft Scores Race next month to help raise funds for the Stroke Association.
Although six-year-old Lily is too young to take part in the full annual Lowestoft Scores Race on September 14, organisers at Waveney Valley Athletic Club have set up a special under-eights event for the youngster and her eight-year-old brother Max.
They agreed to set up the special run after they hearing how the brother and sister wanted to join their mother, Amanda Dewbery, in the full race, which covers more than 4.7 miles and 400 steps.
Mrs Dewbery, 37, who works at Fen Park Primary School, had applied to take part in the race as way of thanking the Stroke Association.
She said: “I wanted to do something to help the Stroke Association be there for other families like ours.
“When my Stroke Association vest arrived in the post, the charity had also packed a small vest for Lily to wear on the day to cheer me on. But as soon as Lily saw her vest, her face lit up. She was so excited that she asked to take part in the race too.
“Unfortunately, Lily and Max are too young to join in. However, the organisers didn’t disappoint as they agreed to create an under-eights race for them to compete in.”
In May 2012, Lily, then four, suffered a major stroke that affected movement in the left hand side of her body. After two years of treatment, she is said to have made a remarkable recovery.
Mrs Dewbery, whose husband Justin, 41, is a manager at Bernard Matthews, said: “Lily’s stroke had a huge impact on our family. Thankfully we had amazing people who helped Lily in her recovery.
“She is always fully committed to her physiotherapy and, as a family, we have put 100% commitment into helping Lily keep her arm and leg moving, using every possible opportunity, all day every day.
“Lily’s recovery has amazed medical staff that we see. She is truly inspirational and her positive personality has helped the whole family through this traumatic time.”
• To make a donation in support of Lily, Max and their mum, click here.
• To register for the 19th Lowestoft Scores Race, visit www.waveneyvalley.org
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