Wymondham physiotherapist braves charity abseil to boost support for stroke victims

Alison Bean abseiled the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. Picture: Supplied

Alison Bean abseiled the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Archant

A physiotherapist from Wymondham braved a daunting abseil to raise funds to support those who have suffered strokes.

Alison Bean, who now lives in Portsmouth, said she was inspired to take on the challenge after working with those coping with the effects of strokes.

'I work with people who have a stroke and see how important the work the Stroke Association do is.

'An email was sent round asking if anyone wanted to do it so I just thought I'd give it a go,' she said.

Despite not being fazed by heights, the 24-year-old said she had a moment of doubt at the top of the 170-metre tower.

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'I was more scared than I thought I was going to be. I thought I would be fine but when I got to the top and saw how high it was it was scarier than I expected.

'It was scary but exciting at the same time,' she said.

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So far she has raised more than £400 - and hopes to give the final total a last minute boost.

'Our patients get a lot of support from the association alongside what the NHS are able to offer. It is mainly social support like adaptive furniture and it is so important to them' she said.

The Stroke Association offers support and advice to the 152,000 people who suffer strokes each year.

• To donate, click here or text STRK66 to 70070.

• Do you have a Wymondham story for us? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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