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26 year old recovering from a stroke takes part in charity stepathon

18 March 2021

A 26-year-old who suffered a stroke in 2019, is walking 10,000 steps each week in March to raise money for Cancer Research.

Radu Potereanu is a resident at Bupa’s Havering Court care facility in Romford and is receiving physiotherapy treatment to help him regain mobility following his stroke. He’ll be taking part in the Walk All Over Cancer fundraiser alongside his Bupa physio, Herald Domingo, and the hope is that the challenge will help Radu increase his physiotherapy output, build his confidence in mobilising and improve his stamina.

Herald believes setting Radu the target of walking 10,000 steps a week will help him work towards his goal of self-independence. He comments: “Radu is very determined and likes to challenge himself. In addition to his physiotherapy sessions, he is always working on his exercises during his own time and this is an opportunity for him to practice walking and building lower limb strength. Aiming to take 10,000 steps a week for the next month should help push his limits and get him to that next level without him overexerting himself.”

When asked about his challenge ahead, Radu said: “I want to help raise money for a great cause and I will try my best.”

As part of their efforts, Radu and Herald hope to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK to help make a difference to the lives of those affected by the disease, after several of Herald’s family and close friends have been diagnosed.

Herald added: “We have decided not to set a target amount, but we will try out hardest to raise as much money as we can for Cancer Research UK – a cause close to my heart. I’d like to encourage anyone who is inspired by the remarkable Radu, to please donate. It would mean the world to us both and the support would give Radu even more drive to complete this challenge.”

Havering Court Bupa Care Home is situated in Romford and welcomes residents over the age of 18 in need of nursing, residential and rehabilitation care, including those living with complex needs and neurological conditions. For further information, please visit https://www.bupa.co.uk/care-services

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