A DAD-of-two who survived a stroke will take on a 5km run to raise money for the charity that helped him.

Scott Downie, aged 45, from Whitefield, will take part in the Resolution Run in April just eight months following a stroke.

The money he raises will go to the Stroke Association who supported him after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.

Scott said: “Before my stroke I had no warning signs and was fit and healthy, even walking up to ten miles a day. Now I want to give something back after receiving such great support.

“I’ve actually raised over £500 for the Stroke Association already. Within a week of my stroke, I was going out walking each day with my dog to help with my recovery. It kept me going.”

Scott’s family and friends will be supporting him on the day, including his son Lewis, 17, who will be running alongside him.

In August 2017, Scott fell ill and collapsed at the door of a house whilst out delivering mail in his role of a postman.

He was taken to Salford Royal where he underwent a thrombectomy to remove the clot on his brain that caused the stroke.

Scott added: “Initially, I was completely paralysed down my right side, but as soon as I was back in the recovery room I could feel my body moving again.

“I was so lucky to receive a thrombectomy, it’s made such a huge difference to my recovery. The only lasting effects I have now are weakness in my hand and fatigue.”

The Resolution Run, which takes place at Heaton Park on Sunday 29 April, is a chance for runners to show their support for stroke survivors whilst getting more active.

Sian Thomas, Community and Events Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “We’re thrilled Scott is taking part.

“We’re looking forward to cheering him on alongside our other participants as he makes his way through the park.”

For more information about entering or volunteering at the Resolution run, visit stroke.org.uk/resolution or call 0300 330 0740.