Around the time I found I had secured a place in the London Marathon ballot, someone very dear to me and my family suffered a stroke whilst undergoing brain surgery. I am blessed to say, being the strong lady she is, that she is making a good recovery.

However, aphasia has been one of the most notable and lasting effects. Aphasia affects many people for all sorts of reasons and can make both verbal and written communication very challenging. Say Aphasia offer support to those struggling with aphasia in a safe environment, with support from others experiencing similar challenges. I know the support offered to my special person in her time of need was invaluable to her and her family, hence why I ask you please to spare a few pennies so they can continue to help others.

Thank you Emma Langley