NURSE Lizzie Wells is making strokes to raise cash for stroke victims.

Ms Wells, 26, of Almondbury, will swim one mile across the cold waters of Lake Windermere, Lake District, in the Great North Swim on June 18.

The nurse will raise money for The Stroke Association in aid of her father, Christopher, who suffered a stroke in 2006, aged 59.

The stroke left the international businessman, who taught Lizzie to water ski in Lake Windermere, unable to speak.

Lizzie said: “I want to raise money for my father and other stroke survivors, and raise awareness that strokes can dramatically affect someone’s life, as well as their family, and that prevention is the only solution as there is no cure.

“It is impossibly hard to see someone you’ve loved and admired your whole life being disabled in such a way. If everyone could simply understand the basic causes, it will help prevent or delay the onset of a stroke, so please help me support this great charity.”

The Stroke Association, which funds research and education into strokes, has places left for the swim at Lake Windermere on June 18 and 19.

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A stroke is a brain attack caused by a clot or a bleed in the brain which causes brain cells to die.

Each year, one person has a stroke every five minutes in the UK.

To donate and for further information about strokes or The Stroke Association call: 0303 30 33 100 or visit: