Brighton Gym-Goers To Raise Money For Stroke Research

Alive-logoThe members of Brighton’s Alive Fitness will be coming together on October 31st to raise money for The National Brain Appeal, the charity dedicated to raising vital funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.

The charity has special meaning for one of the gym’s members Matt Watson, who in 2000, aged 29, collapsed at work in London and was subsequently treated at The National having suffered a severe stroke.

On 31st October the ‘Brawn for BRAAAINS’ event at Alive Fitness will include a full day of Halloween themed fitness classes, spooktacular decorations, a cake sale, raffle and other treats, with all proceeds going to the charity.

The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery does pioneering research into stroke and other neurological conditions, with access to the best technology for expert diagnosis and treatment, improving the outcome and quality of life for the one in six affected by a neurological condition.

“It was just a normal day at work when I suddenly had a headache, and 60 seconds later I collapsed. The stroke left me completely paralysed down the right side of my body, unable to speak, stand or swallow. I was so fortunate to be admitted to The National, where they provided truly ground-breaking stroke care and rehabilitation. During the following months of treatment, I also participated in The National’s research programme, becoming one of the most MRI scanned people in the country!

“It is undoubtedly due to the immediate and intensive treatment that I received at The National that I am leading a relatively ‘normal’ life today. Their world-renowned research programme continues to improve the recovery of people who have suffered a brain injury or neurological condition. Doing this on the 18th anniversary of my stroke seemed like the perfect way to celebrate my recovery, and thank The National” says Matt.

Matt is also taking on an extra challenge, being sponsored to complete ALL of the classes on the day  to add to the monies raised.

“All of our members are superheroes, but Matt is one-of-a-kind. He has been working so hard with our trainers for the past six years to reduce the residual effects of his stroke, so when he asked if we could raise money for The National we were delighted to help. We’ll be cheering him on as he attempts his challenge” says Toby Bowen, Manager at Alive Fitness.

Non-members of Alive Fitness can join the classes on 31st October for just £7, all of which goes to the charity, or pop into the gym for raffle tickets with prizes including a pair of tickets for the British Airways i360, massage therapy, personal training sessions and luxury haircare products.

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