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Anthony Lewis starts his Jersey Marathon run
Anthony Lewis
Anthony Lewis has been working hard to be able to walk again

One islander is starting the Jersey marathon six days early.

Anthony Lewis suffered a stroke two years ago which left him unable to speak or use the right side of his body.

He's worked hard to be able to walk again and this week he is going to complete the Jersey marathon to raise money for the Stroke Association.

All proceeds will go to help those suffering from the after-effects of a stroke in the island.

His partner, Suzi Austin watched him set off at the start line and said it was an emotional moment.

She said: "He's travelled so far already from not being able to use his legs straight after the stroke to get it back again.

"He has done months of training to get to this point where he can start his marathon challenge."

After spending five months in hospital and months of rehabilitation he's now able to walk again.

He is walking the route of the Standard Charted Jersey Marathon to raise money for the Stroke Association

Mr Lewis will be wearing bib number 120 - to represent the number of people who have a stroke each year in the island.

Tracy Peters, from the Stroke Association in Jersey, says the money he raises will help the charity to support people suffering the after-effects of a stroke.

The goal on the Just Giving fundraising page was £5,000 but that has already been passed.

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