A COUNCILLOR has once again pulled on his running shoes to show his support for charity.

Lindley councillor Cahal Burke took part in the Resolution 15k Run at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

His efforts helped raise funds for national charity The Stroke Association.

The charity campaigns to improve stroke care and support to help people make the best possible recovery.

Clr Burke, of Birchwood Close, took part in the race for the second time.

He said: “I completed the run last year and decided to go for it again. It’s a worthy cause which is important to me as I have had family members who have suffered from a stroke.”

Strokes can happen to anyone at any time of their life. They are sudden and their consequences can be devastating.

The Stroke Association is the only UK charity solely concerned with helping everyone affected by a stroke.

The charity is working for a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need.

Clr Burke said: “Every year over 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) – that’s one person every five minutes.

“Furthermore, there is the misconception that stroke only affects older people.

“In reality 25% of strokes occur in people under the age of 65 and much can be done.

“Therefore I feel privileged to have had the opportunity of completing the 15k run for the second time now.

“Not all strokes can be prevented, but every little bit we can do as individuals will help.”

Clr Burke is no stranger to putting his best foot forward for good causes. In July he joined thousands in completing the 10k Jane Tomlinson run in Leeds.

He completed his third race in support of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The councillor has also taken part in other races on behalf of other different charities.

He only took up running two years ago after a knee injury forced him to give up football.