Fundraising challenge for Morley’s Forrest Gump

Craig McKenna with sons Daniel and Leo.
Craig McKenna with sons Daniel and Leo.
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A Morley dad-of-two has been dubbed Forrest Gump by his friends and family as he undertakes four fundraising challenges for the Stroke Association.

Craig McKenna, 38, has been clocking up to 50 miles a week in preparation for the Yorkshire Marathon, a 26.2 mile course through York’s historic city centre on Sunday October 12.

The Yorkshire Marathon will mark the final of four challenges for Craig who has already completed Leeds 10k run, Leeds half marathon, and the Three Peaks Challenge, so far raising £825.

Craig began his fundraising when his father-in-law, Geoff Holmes, had a stroke in 2008 aged 62.

Together with his wife and carer Sandra, Mr Holmes now attends Morley Stroke Club, which Craig said without his mother-in-law ‘“would probably have gone nuts”.

He said: “My father-in-law’s stroke turned my family’s life upside down. The support we’ve received from the Stroke Association has been fantastic and it’s inspired me to raise as much money as possible to help them continue the amazing work they do to support stroke survivors and families like mine.

“I’ve lost almost a stone in weight, drink less and eat more healthily.

“I want to be a good role model for my kids, Daniel and Leo, and make sure I’m around as they get older.”

Craig runs with a group of friends known as the Morley Striders, who got together following the 2012 London Olympics.

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A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.

Stroke Association campaigns to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. The Stroke Helpline 0303 3033100 provides information