Stroke fails to stop David from walking

David Oliver, who raised over �200 for The Stroke Association
David Oliver, who raised over �200 for The Stroke Association

A STROKE victim walked almost a kilometre on crutches to raise money for the charity that has helped him through his illness.

David Olliver, 67, of Wrotham Close, collected £220 for The Stroke Association, despite the right side of his body being very weak, having double vision, and poor balance.

The retired bus driver walked 800 metres along Bexhill seafront to the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday (August 21) and was joined by 17 other stroke survivors as part of the fundraiser.

His wife Marion said: “David is very proud of what he has achieved.

“He wanted to do the walk to the end, despite being offered a wheelchair. His balance is still all over the place and he has double vision so walking 800 metres was quite a feat.

“The stroke he had was very severe and he was not expected to survive.”

Mr Olliver collapsed from a bleed in the brain in April last year while in Germany with his son.

He was taken to hospital in Dortmund where he remained in intensive care for seven weeks before being flown back home to the stroke unit at the Conquest Hospital.

Mr Olliver was then referred to The Stroke Association and put on a new exercise education programme run by Freedom Leisure.

He now undergoes chair-based exercises in all aspects of fitness, such as cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

Mr Olliver, who also attends speech therapy classes, has also met other stroke survivors in the classes.

His wife said his movement has improved but Mr Olliver still found it difficult to swallow because he cannot feel one side of his mouth.