Amanda Morris, 40, was hailed a real-life ‘superwoman’ when she was named the Stroke Association’s ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ at this year’s Life After Stroke awards.
The mum of two smashed her initial fundraising target of £2,013 and raised more than £11,000 to aid the charity’s life-changing work with stroke survivors.
Radio and TV personality Greg was originally due to present Amanda with her award, but when he was unable to attend the ceremony he instead recorded a personal message to congratulate her on her accolade and arranged to meet her in person.
Amanda said: “I’m such a huge fan of Greg James and was over the moon when I saw he’d recorded a film for me at the Life After Stroke Awards. Getting to meet him was a once in a lifetime experience and it definitely lived up to my expectations.
“I will cherish these memories for a very long time.
“I’m so grateful to Greg and the Stroke Association for making this happen.”
Greg added: “It was great to meet Amanda today, she is amazing and what an inspiration! To take on 40 challenges is no mean feat, and to raise all that money for such a brilliant charity is just awesome.
Amanda’s fundraising was inspired by her friend Paul Thomas who suffered a major stroke one week before her 40th birthday.
Paul was just 36 at the time and the stroke left him paralysed down the left-hand side of his body.
To raise vital funds for the Stroke Association, Amanda, who lives in Halifax, came up with the idea of completing 40 sponsored challenges before she turned 40, including fasting for 40 hours, a 40-pub bar crawl as well as a 40-day raffle and prize auction.
Her employer, Leeds-based International Personal Financial, also donated £1,000.
She said: “Paul’s stroke knocked us all for six. I thought it was only older people who were at risk of a stroke.
“I had no idea it can affect people of all ages.
“This was a real wake-up call for me, and I was determined do everything possible to help Paul and others who have been affected by stroke.”
The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards, sponsored by TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation, recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers as well as the work and commitment shown by health professionals, groups and supporter organisations.
For more information on the Life After Stroke Awards and to view short films about the winners, including Amanda, visit www.stroke.org.uk/lasa.