Inspiring athlete talk supports good cause

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

There was a good attendance for a special event in aid of a Morpeth-based charity.

An Evening with Anne Wafula Strike MBE, hosted by British Athletics performance director Neil Black, raised more than £600 for MS Research and Relief Fund.

The Paralympic athlete, author and sporting ambassador told her remarkable story of success in the face of adversity to a captivated audience in the Ballroom at Morpeth Town Hall.

Born in Mihu, Kenya, Anne was a fit and healthy child before polio struck when she was two years old.

Superstitious villages believed the family were cursed following her partial recovery from illness, which forced her family into decisions and acts that would change her life forever.

Following her education, she taught at Machakos Technical College in Kenya before meeting the man she would marry – which lead her to Britain, motherhood, wheelchair racing, disability advocacy and charity work.

The funds raised from the event will help fitness instructors and complementary therapists provide free support to people with multiple sclerosis, including at its Benmar House headquarters in Stobhillgate.