Driving the length of Britain is just in a days work for stroke survivor

June 22 2017
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A major stroke in 2014 was never going to put the brakes on Eddie Ruskin’s passion for cars and driving. The Yate man is now embarking on a challenge that will raise funds for the charity which helped in his recovery after his stroke at the age of 45.

A major stroke in 2014 was never going to put the brakes on Eddie Ruskin’s passion for cars and driving. The Yate man is now embarking on a challenge that will raise funds for the charity which helped in his recovery after his stroke at the age of 45.

Eddie plans to drive the 874 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just one day to raise money for Bristol Area Stroke Foundation.

The stroke left him with paralysis on his left side and, whilst he can now walk with the aid of a leg brace and walking stick, his left arm still has very little movement. 

Eddie’s determination to be able to drive again led him to complete the training and reassessment needed to regain his licence, and he has also qualified as an advanced driver with the Institute of Advanced Motoring.

He still feels that he doesn’t have his previous energy levels, and this fundraising challenge is as much about proving his stamina as it is about indulging his passion. 

On the journey in a specially Mitsubishi Mirage, he will have Andrew Heaton alongside him, who is another advanced driver, acting as navigator and keeping him alert. 

Eddie said; “I was successful in being able to return to driving, which has given me my life back. I am now back at work and enjoying my independence once again. My story is one of success, but for many other stroke survivors, theirs is one of life changing results that leave them partially or totally dependant on others.”

The Bristol Area Stroke Foundation charity supports over 700 people every year to recover from a stroke, but was recently advised that a large part of their financial support is now under threat due to local authority and NHS cut backs. 

You can support Eddie’s fundraising challenge by searching for his justgiving page online.