The Countdown - Day 1

02 July 2015

Region: London

Only a week to go until the Bleeding London exhibition opens to the public ... We thought that over the next week, we’d bring you some of the stories and a look behind the scenes that have made the Bleeding London Project so special.  We begin with a letter from Rob Hope from The Stroke Association.

“I know you are fully aware of Mike Roberts, a stroke survivor and supporter of the Stroke Association, and what he has achieved both for your project and in support of us. We are incredibly grateful for all his support, but I would like to thank the Bleeding London Project and the Project Team as well.

 The Project captured Mike’s attention long ago, and he has had nothing but praise for the project and all those involved right from those very early days. Lately, he has been very grateful for the help in promoting his fundraising for which we must thank you too. I also believe that you have been very helpful and accommodating at events where Mike has raised awareness on our behalf. So, thank you again.  

 Mike has told me much about the exhibition next week. We plan to meet on the Friday morning where Mike will show me around – I am really looking forward to it. I know Mike is very excited about the Thursday as well.

Thank you again for helping Mike support us.

 Please do let me know if we can help promote his achievements and the project in anyway and I look forward to seeing more of the outstanding results on Friday.”

Rob is writing about Mike Roberts, one of our star Bleeding Londoners.  Despite having Parkinson’s disease and having suffered a stroke, Mike completed an astounding 2,091 streets for the project.  About halfway through the project, Mike decided to use his BL walking to raise money for the Stroke Association and as we go to press, Mike has achieved his £1,000 goal. All those at BL HQ feel very humbled by Mike’s incredible achievement.

You can see some of Mike’s Bleeding London images in this video – put to music written exclusively for him for this project by Helen McCookerybook.

We’re hoping Mike will exceed his fund-raising target and if you’d like to help, you can donate here.

Image:  The Oval © Mike Roberts

“The two girls who had just taken a Zipwire across The Oval in aid of the Stroke Association, and was the last picture uploaded. The smiles and relief on their faces sum up how I felt on the final day.” (Mike)