After suffering a stroke 8 years ago Phil Wright was left with
severe walking difficulties and speech Aphasia. Needless to say
this devastating occurrence changed Phil's life, leaving him
dependent on his wife Anne. Shortly afterwards he enrolled on
the Exercise Referral programme at Fort Regent where, from his
first visit, he was determined to walk again.
Around 4 years ago Phil moved to the Springfield gym to continue
his endeavour to regain as much strength as possible and through
the aid of a regular exercise regime he is using the static bike,
arm cycle weights and even gradually started to walk on a
Over the past few months Phil's Exercise Referral instructor,
Marilee Picot, has slowly introduced small inclines and increased
the duration on equipment up to 15 minutes.
As May was Stroke Awareness Month, Marilee suggested to Phil
that he try the 'Step out for Stroke' sponsored walk which was held
on at Les Quennevais cycle track Sunday 18th May.
With the support of Anne and close friends Phil was determined
to complete the walk and crossed the finish line in 1 hour and 6
minutes. This is the furthest distance he has walked in the 8
years following his stroke.
It was heart lifting to see what Phil has achieved with the help
and support of the Exercise Referral programme. Marilee and the
whole referral team congratulate Phil on his achievement and hope
it will inspire other stroke survivors to do the same.