A GRATEFUL daughter will take the ultimate endurance test next weekend to thank a charity which helps those who have suffered strokes.

Annelie Bartlett, 41, from Witham, will tackle the world-famous Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds for the Stroke Association, after her 66-year-old mother Beryl fell victim while on holiday in Greece.

The stroke in July 2017 forced her to remain in the country for a further three months and left her entire right-hand side paralysed.

She also completely lost the ability to walk and talk.

Annelie said: “I always remember seeing the adverts on television for recognising the signs of stroke, but never in a million years would I think that this would happen to anyone I know, let alone my mum.’’

But thanks to the support of husband Ron, her own fighting spirit and the Stroke Association’s help, Beryl is slowly regaining her quality of life.

Annelie said: “Mum is now learning to walk and talk again, and her strength and bravery is endless.

‘‘My dad Ron has been doctor, nurse, physio and chef and has done a fantastic job looking after her and his love for mum is endless.’’

Annelie, is hoping the 26-mile run will raise around £2,000 to ensure other stroke patients, as well as their closest relatives and friends, can benefit in the same way her mother and family did.

She said: “After all they’ve been through, the least I can do is to haul myself around a marathon and raise some money for the Stroke Association so they can continue the fantastic work and support that they give to survivors of strokes.

“I’ve never ever been a runner so when the going gets tough I just think of the hard work mum has had to go through to get back on her feet.

‘‘I’m not going to be breaking any records but if I can just complete the marathon, I would be overjoyed.”

The Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 28.

To sponsor Annelie visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving and search Annelie Bartlett.