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Man set to strap himself to plane for best friend and stroke charity

Chaye Delbosq, 28, (left) and David Dowden, 30 (right), both wearing OLOC clothing. Picture: David Mirzoeff Chaye Delbosq, 28, (left) and David Dowden, 30 (right), both wearing OLOC clothing. Picture: David Mirzoeff

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
1:45 PM

A man is strapping himself to a flying plane to raise money for a charity after his best friend suffered a stroke.

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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.

Read more:

Stroke survivor Chaye Delbosq, of Hornchurch, on the impact of the illness and the road to recovery

Harold Wood woman lost FOUR STONE for Stroke Association London Nightride charity cycle

Hornchurch man to take on London Marathon in memory of cousin who died after a stroke

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