Havant dad determined to tackle Great South Run after mum’s double stroke

Ash Rowlands, 42, of Havant is taking on the Great South Run in support of the Stroke Association which has helped his mother after her stroke
Ash Rowlands, 42, of Havant is taking on the Great South Run in support of the Stroke Association which has helped his mother after her stroke
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A DAD-of-two has vowed to complete the Great South Run to support a charity that helped his mum battle back from a stroke.

Ash Rowlands, of Havant, is tackling the 10-mile course on Sunday to raise cash for the Stroke Association,

Ash's mum, Trish, who suffered a double-stoke

Ash's mum, Trish, who suffered a double-stoke

His mum, Trish, had a stroke a week before her 66th birthday in 2016 while cycling in the New Forest with her family.

Ash, 42, said: ‘The stroke was a huge shock for the whole family. mum was fit and healthy, we could never imagined life to turn upside down so quickly.

'The stroke robbed my mum of her plans, her confidence and her personality.’

Tragically, Trish went on to have a second stroke in December of that year which left her in hospital for four months. When she came home, she couldn’t walk or use her left arm. 

Trish with her grandchildren Jacob and Bailey Rowlands

Trish with her grandchildren Jacob and Bailey Rowlands

‘Thankfully mum is so determined and a fighter; she has learnt to walk again and found new ways to everyday tasks she struggles with, like how to make sandwiches and cups of tea,’ said Ash.

Tammy Angus, regional fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: ‘A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time and it turns lives upside down in an instant. Ash’s mum has come so far in her recovery and is a real inspiration to others.’

To donate, see justgiving.com/Ash-Rowlands28