£375 has been raised for St. Mary’s Stroke Unit to benefit people receiving care after suffering a stroke.

Louise Snook signed up for this year’s London Marathon to raise money for the unit which cared for her mum last year. She decided to take on the 26 mile run in April as a way to say thank you to the fantastic stroke team.

Commenting on her fundraising efforts and why she chose to support the unit, Louise said:

“The London Marathon has, by far, been the biggest challenge I have ever set myself as I’m not a runner. But I wanted to do something to support the unit as they have been brilliant with my mum, especially the physiotherapy team, who are just amazing.They have given such a boost to mum’s wellbeing and they have supported her from the very beginning in hospital through to rehabilitation and finally to getting her home and helping her to get back to doing all the things she used to do.  We cannot thank everyone enough for their support.”

 Before she retired in 2009 Mrs Snook was a nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s Hospital and has also supported the Chaplaincy Service for many years.

Charlotte Croucher, Stroke Unit Sister, said:

“Well done to Louise for taking on such a huge challenge and for choosing to support us, we are so grateful. This is an amazing amount of money for us and we plan to use it to fund additional equipment to benefit our patients receiving physiotherapy. Thank you to everyone who supported Louise.”