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Rainham mum takes on Stroke Association's Resolution Run in memory of son

PUBLISHED: 15:39 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:39 27 March 2017

Lorraine Schubert with son Mark who died after suffering a stroke, aged 18, in 2011.

Lorraine Schubert with son Mark who died after suffering a stroke, aged 18, in 2011.

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A woman will be taking part in a charity fun run in Hyde Park on Sunday in memory of her son who died after suffering a stroke at the age of 18.

Nichola Schubert with her brother, Mark.Nichola Schubert with her brother, Mark.

Lorraine Schubert, 62, of Rainham, is taking on the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run and will be joined by her daughter Nichola – who was 25 when brother Mark had his stroke in 2011 – and a team of 30 family and friends.

Lorraine said: “We’ve dubbed ourselves Team Mark, and we will be out in force on Sunday to do everything we can to raise awareness and vital funds for the Stroke Association.

“As a family we’re constantly raising awareness of stroke. Far too many people still don’t seem to realise that a stroke can happen at any age. Mark was a fit and healthy 18-year-old and I never could have imagined something like this happening to him. As a family and as Team Mark, we always try to get the message home that strokes really do happen to anyone, and just how important it is for people to act FAST if they spot any stroke symptoms.

“My daughter Nichola has been my absolute rock through all of this. I’m so proud of her and know that Mark will be watching over us as we make it to the finish line.”

They will be running 5km. Some 300 runners are expected to take part in the run, choosing a 5km, 10km or 15km course.

Emma Evans, events manager at the Stroke Association, said: “With around 1.2 million people across the UK living with the devastating impact of stroke, it is vital that we have people like Lorraine and Team Mark to raise funds and help us conquer stroke. We’re looking forward to cheering them on alongside our other participants as they make their way through the park.

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