Stroke victim’s Boxing Day seafront walk for charity

Ken Rogers
Ken Rogers

A stroke survivor, who lost most of his mobility, is walking along the seafront on Boxing Day to raise money for charity.

Ken Rogers, 72, of Tenterden Rise, fell seriously ill in July last year, suffering a stroke, brain haemorrhage and septicaemia.

Prior to his stroke Ken worked in car sales at Hollingsworths, Birchwood Ford and St Leonards Motors.

His daughter Kathryn said: “Last year was a tough one for Ken, but he got through it, surviving a stroke, a catastrophic brain haemorrhage and septicaemia. He spent three weeks in a coma and five months in four hospitals (St Georges in Tooting, Eastbourne, Irvine Unit in Bexhill and the Conquest), before finally returning home.

“This year Ken has started to get his life back on track, with the love and support of his wife Linda and their family and friends. Ken has real difficulty with his mobility and his speech and suffers from extreme tiredness and seizures. But he has not given up and has made massive progress. As part of his recovery, Ken has set himself a challenge, to walk 100 metres along the seafront on Boxing Day, raising money for Bechange, which supports families with employment, housing and other issues. Walking any distance requires real concentration and determination for Ken. He is aiming to raise £10,000.”

To sponsor Ken visit www.bechange.org.uk or call 01424 422518.