High Peak stroke survivor saddles up for third charity fundraiser

Steve Bowker has already raised thousands of pounds for the Stroke Association.
Steve Bowker has already raised thousands of pounds for the Stroke Association.

High Peak stroke survivor Steve Bowker is preparing for a mammoth 130-mile cycling fundraiser in aid of charity.

In May 2014, Steve, from Hayfield, suffered a stroke while rock climbing in Derbyshire.

He went to reach up but could not raise his arm, move his leg or speak clearly. Luckily his friend and climbing partner requested assistance from the mountain rescue service and he was taken to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Steve is now getting ready to undertake the 130-mile Yorkshire Dales Cycleway Challenge, starting on Saturday May 12, in aid of the Stroke Association.

He said: “As a previously active outdoor enthusiast, climber and cyclist, this ride is very much a personal challenge and another milestone on my long road to recovery from stroke. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness of stroke, inspire other survivors and give back to a very worthwhile cause.

“It’s a known hilly route with 4,000 metres of climbing, but I’m ready for the challenge.”

Steve pushed himself to get back to full fitness and just six months after his stroke he took part in the Wicklow Moonlight Challenge, raising more than £2,500 for the Stroke Association. He then raised £3,000 by taking on a 140-mile coast to coast cycle challenge in June 2016 from Workington to Newcastle.

Joanne Burr, from the Stroke Association, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Steve for taking on this gruelling challenge to help raise funds for people affected by stroke; he is a real inspiration and proof that there is life after stroke.”

To sponsor Steve, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-bowkeryorksdalescyclewaychallenge.