A family have had their world turned upside down after two young brothers both suffered strokes within weeks of each other.

The Vinson family from Hilgay are still mystified as to why six-year-old Archie and four-year-old Ralph had strokes last summer.

Strokes in young children are extremely rare and what makes it even  more unusual is that Archie suffered a second stroke within a few weeks of all this happening.

Doctors are hoping blood tests can explain what has triggered their conditions.

The children have been very brave undergoing blood tests and mum Hayley said nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn have been fantastic.

“Sometimes they are 45 minutes having blood taken out of their hands. The play nurses sit with them and are absolutely brilliant,” said Mrs Vinson.

As a way of saying thank you, Mrs Vinson, her husband Johnny and 13 friends are taking part in the Silverstone Half Marathon on March 2, raising money for the QEH’s Rudham Ward and the Leukaemia Davey Fund.

Mrs Vinson said: “Archie was admitted into Rudham after suffering a stroke. Three weeks later, Ralph was then taken in – again a stroke. Four weeks on from that, Archie suffered another stroke.

“It has been a really tough time for us and, without Rudham and their support, I don’t know what we’d have done.”

The Davey fund is also a cause close to their hearts.

A close friend, Rachel Davey, lost a cousin, Mark Davey, to leukaemia 13 years ago. He was only 21-years-old and  his mum, Sheila, set up a charity to raise money for patients attending the hematology department at the QEH.

Miss Davey’s partner, Matthew Senter, who lives at Watlington,  is one of those taking part in the run as well as another friend, Grant Jeffries, whose brother has fought leukaemia.

“Both of these charities are very close to many of us and our friends that are helping us in raising money,” said 30-year-old hairdresser Mrs Vinson.

Mr Vinson, 33, is no stranger to challenging himself for good causes having run half marathons before, taken part in a 100-mile bike ride and cycled up Snowdon in Wales.

The half marathon is a new challenge for Mrs Vinson, who has never done anything like this before.

Mr Vinson is a postman at Downham Market and some of his colleagues are doing the run with him dressed as super heroes and there is a collection box at the sorting office for people wanting to make donations.

Mr Vinson is a Pelicans hockey player and the team is looking for a local company to  sponsor shirts for a charity match being held for the causes.

 

“Both of these charities are very close to us and the friends who are helping us in raising money,” said 30-year-old hairdresser Mrs Vinson.

Mr Vinson, 33, is no stranger to challenging himself for good causes having run half marathons before, taken part in a 100-mile bike ride and cycled up Snowdon in Wales.

The half marathon is a new challenge for Mrs Vinson, who said she had never done anything like it before.

She has been training and her longest run so far has been nine miles.

Mr Vinson is a postman at Downham Market and some of his colleagues are doing the run with him dressed as super heroes and there is a collection box at the sorting office for people wanting to make donations.

The fundraisers hope that between them, they can raise at least a couple of thousand pounds.

Mr Vinson is also a Pelicans hockey player and the team is looking for a local company to  sponsor shirts for a charity

match being held for both the causes.

Mrs Vinson said life went on and the family were looking forward to an Easter camping break and watching the Tour de France in this country later this year.

She explained Archie’s first stroke affected his left side and the second stroke affected his right side.

Ralph’s stroke affected his left eye and he may need an operation to correct this but at the moment, he is wearing a patch over his good eye to strengthen his poorer eye.

Mr Vinson said doctors were not linking the strokes in both children.

“There is nothing in the family we can liken it to,” said Mr Vinson, who added the couple may also have to undergo tests in a bid to get some answers.

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