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Knaresborough man overcomes stroke to launch his own business

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7:35am 2nd September 2016
(Updated 5:06pm 2nd September 2016)

A Knaresborough man who had a stroke at the age of 23 says the experience has inspired him to become an entrepreneur.

After a miraculous recovery, Kit Lacey decided to make a career change.

He was working as a lifeguard when he suffered the stroke in 2011, but the problems is caused meant giving that up.

Although his memory isn't as great as it used to be, Kit still has perfect physical capabilities.

He said: "The strangest thing is my balance. In the light, I'm fine, but if you switch the lights off, I struggle to walk in a straight line.

"It's moments like this that can give you a wake-up call and motivate you to really push for the type of life you'd like to live.

"I've always had a passion for classic campers. My wife and I had one as our wedding car in 2009. Following the stroke, I had an idea to convert classic campers to electric. Most people would have fallen at the first hurdle, but due to my near perfect recovery, I thought I owed it to myself."

Although doctors say Kit has made an incredible recovery, after one stroke, there is always the risk of another.

He added: "I don't want to think like that, but I also don't want to think, 'what if?'...I'm going to spend as much time as possible bringing this dream to a reality."

Kit formed the company, eDub Trips, in 2013 and has launched a Kickstarter campaign which ends on 23 Sept, which aims to raise funds to build more eDub Campers. 

You can find out more by searching eDubs at www.kickstarter.com

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