July 25 2014 Latest news:
Ajay Nair, Reporter
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
A man is strapping himself to a flying plane to raise money for a charity after his best friend suffered a stroke.
David Dowden, 30, of Romford, is preparing for a sponsored wing walk on behalf of the Stroke Association charity for his friend Chaye Delbosq.
Mr Delbosq, 28, of Gidea Park, Upminster, suffered a stroke when he was 24-years-old and became paralysed on his right side and had aphasia, which disturbs the ability to speak.
The 28-year-old, who now runs his own clothing label after not being able to work, was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which burst and caused the stroke.
Mr Dowden said: “He couldn’t talk - he’s now walking and he’s talking again and his speech is pretty much perfect now.”
The pair want to raise £1000 for the stroke charity who supported Mr Delbosq after his stroke and during his recovery.
Mr Dowden, who wants to raise stroke awareness, said: “People are just not aware of how it can come about and what it can do to you.
“It [the charity] has just changed his life, it just makes me smile just thinking of him, he’s an inspiration to any able or disabled person.”
Mr Delbosq, who owns the OLOC - One Life One Chance - fashion brand, will be cheering on his best friend at the Upminster wing walk in August.
The OLOC owner, who believes the wing walk is a “good thing”, said: “He [David] has been someone to talk to, he’s just been there for me, he’s a good friend and an old friend.”
The stroke association also fund research into one day making stroke a preventable and treatable disease.
Mr Dowden, who is both scared and excited about the event, added: “I have been thinking about doing it for a while, I’m well up for it, it’s a bit of a bucket list thing for me.”
To sponsor the wing walk visit virginmoneygiving.com/dowden.