Sir Tom inspires Leicester man to count to 100 for first time since stroke robbed him of speech

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A man has managed to count out loud to 100 for the first time since he suffered a major stroke which robbed him of his speech more than two years ago.

Gary Yates has been practicing for weeks to achieve the task, and has now managed it as part of a challenge themed around the number 100 to mark what would have been famous fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 101st birthday.

The 58-year-old, who is originally from Leicester but now lives in Switzerland, has raised more than £1,000 for The Stroke Association.

Gary is cared for by his wife Pauline as he looks to recover from the catastrophic stroke that left him paralysed down in the right hand side of his body.

He lost his peripheral vision, short term memory and could not read or understand simple commands.

Pauline, 66, said of Gary's achievement: “I can’t tell you

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