Brave Jayne to take on Great North Run for stroke charity

A mother and stroke survivor from Morpeth will take on the Great North Run this weekend to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.

Jayne Manners, 39, had a stroke in February 2010, caused by a tear in an artery in her neck, which led to a clot in her brain.

Jayne was in Spain with her fiancé and parents in law, visiting the venue where she was due to get married later that year.

After calling an ambulance she was taken to hospital, where she was diagnosed two days later as having had a stroke. While in hospital Jayne completely lost her vision and all the movement in her body.

Jayne said: “Gradually my eyesight and movement came back, but it took months before I could walk properly unaided.

“A huge motivation for me during my recovery was aiming to walk down the aisle during my wedding. My husband, Tony, and I still married in Spain five months after my stroke.”

Now a mother to four year old son Aidan, Jayne is preparing to mark another huge milestone, by taking part in her first half-marathon for the Stroke Association.

She added: “I’ve always been active and used to play sports at school, but this is the first time I’ve ever run any major distance.

“Last year I didn’t think I could even run a mile, yet now I’m preparing to run a half-marathon! I’m really enjoying training and feel better now than I have ever felt before. I want to raise funds for the Stroke Association, to help other people affected by stroke to get the support they need.”

To sponsor Jayne, visit www.justgiving.com/jayne-manners

For more information about the Great North Run, visit www.greatrun.org/great-north-run