Norwich nursery teacher will tackle 100th Park Run after husband’s stroke

Louise and Richard Boyce. Photo: Boyce family

Louise and Richard Boyce. Photo: Boyce family - Credit: Boyce family

A Norwich nursery teacher is taking on her 100th Park Run in Eaton Park to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

The Boyce family. Photo: Boyce family

The Boyce family. Photo: Boyce family - Credit: Boyce family

Lou Boyce, 47, was inspired to take on the challenge after her husband, Richard, had a stroke in June this year.

The stroke left Richard with paralysis down the left-hand side of his body.

Mrs Boyce said: 'On the night of Richard's stroke, he was alone with our four children and I was out with my friends.

'Our children could sense something wasn't right with him, and the next morning I just knew something was wrong, so I called an ambulance. He'd had a stroke.

The Boyce family. Photo: Boyce family

The Boyce family. Photo: Boyce family - Credit: Boyce family

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'Our lives have been completely turned upside down.

'Thankfully, we have the most incredible and supportive family and friends around us. We don't know what we'd do without their support.

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'Running is my escapism, I've always loved to run but since life has got that little bit more challenging, I rely on running as therapy.

'On Saturday, November 4 I'll be joined by family and friends as I take on my 100th Park Run.

'The kids are joining me, and Richard is going to cheer me on.

'I know that it's going to be really emotional, but I'm determined to get to the finish line where Richard will be waiting for me.

'Stroke is a devastating condition, it comes in an instant and changes everything.

'I want to support the Stroke Association so other families like mine can get the right help and support.

'I'm so passionate to raise awareness to others about stroke, and to support the Stroke Association with the incredible work they do.'

George Burroughs, community events and fundraising manager at the Stroke Association, said: 'With around 1.2m people across the UK living with the devastating impact of stroke, it is vital that we have people like Lou to raise funds and help us conquer stroke.

'The money raised will fund vital research and support for stroke survivors, as well as help to prevent people from having a stroke.'

To sponsor Mrs Boyce, visit her JustGiving page here.

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