Kelly Kidd from Ballyclare running for Team Stroke

15 March 2019

Kelly Kidd from Ballyclare running for Team Stroke

Kelly Kidd from Ballyclare, is all set to run the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon for the Stroke Association on Sunday 5 May.

Following the sudden passing of her mum in May 2018, Kelly is determined to run not only to raise vital funds for the charity but also to raise awareness of stroke. 

Stay at home Mum Kelly, 37, explains: “I lost my mum, Lorraine, very suddenly in May 2018 completely out of the blue. She hadn’t been unwell - she’d just enjoyed her 62nd birthday.  I remember talking to her early that day and then receiving the call late that night to tell me she was seriously ill.  I now want to run the Belfast City Marathon in memory of her.”

“I find running so therapeutic. I know a lot of people say that but when I’m out there on my own I just listen to my music and go for it.  I have five children so running gives me a good excuse to take some time out just for me.”

“I think if you’re going to do the hard work and run a marathon then you’re better running for a cause that motivates you.  It keeps you focused when training gets tough and when you need inspiration.”

As part of her training programme for the ultimate challenge, Kelly recently ran 10K in the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run on 24 February. 

Kelly says: “I ran in the Marathon before as part of a relay team.  I was enjoying myself so much that, when I got to the end of my leg, I ran on and probably covered 17 miles in all.  I’ll always remember as I crossed the finish line, my mum being there to meet me and because I didn’t get a marathon medal that time, she always said that one day, I would get my medal.  So I’m doing this in her memory and this one’s for her.”

Keeping Kelly company on the day will be her good friend, Louise Spence who has also signed up for the full 26.2 mile run.

Kelly has also put together not one, but two relay teams of friends and family, all running in purple to support the Stroke Association. Amongst these is Kelly’s sister Jodie May, who is also running in memory of mum. 

You can support Kelly by visiting her Facebook fundraiser.

You too can join Kelly and her running buddies in #TeamStroke by signing up to the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon right now and support the 37,000 people rebuilding their lives after stroke in Northern Ireland. 

The Stroke Association provides specialist services and vital emotional and practical support to stroke survivors and their families across Northern Ireland and the UK. Support includes Life After Stroke grants to fund essential equipment, life-changing speech and language therapy programmes for people with communication difficulties following stroke and long-term support with stroke recovery. We also offer peer support through community based groups who meet regularly.

When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. Life changes instantly and recovery is tough. But the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community. With more donations and support from you, we can rebuild even more lives. 

Find out more at or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100.