Fight for every heartbeat! – British Heart Foundation and the Great North Run!

I’m raising money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to fight for every heartbeat by taking on the challenge of completing the Great North Run.

Why am I doing this?

Mum and I
[Mum and I – photo by Runiversity of life]
Shortly after I was born, my mum was diagnosed with heart problems, at the age of 30. Her condition was most likely congenital but not discovered until this time. Also, our family has significant heart disease dating back three generations. Both my maternal grandmother and grandfather had heart disease, and more recently, other family members have suffered heart problems.

More about mum, she suffers from mitral valve prolapse and aortic valve stenosis, as well as more recently, atrial fibrillation (AF). Throughout my life, she has never kicked up a fuss or highlighted her condition. Despite her health hindering some things that everyone else finds easy and take for granted, she has just continued with life and its pressures and always put her best foot forward. 

The recent years

October 2016, mum was admitted to the resuscitation unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Since then, she has suffered several further emergency admissions and taken directly to the cardiac unit at Wycombe Hospital. On March 21st, 2018, I had to phone 999 as she was in trouble with an acute episode. An experience that will stay with me and one, I am unlikely to forget for a long time.

February 22nd this year, out of the blue, my father felt unwell with an irregular heartbeat. He ended up in the local cardiac unit and has now been diagnosed with AF as well. Unfortunately, the further tests he needs have been shelved due to the coronavirus. Subsequently, three days later, my mother suffered another acute episode and was admitted to the same unit in High Wycombe.

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. They have helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK, but sadly every day, hundreds of people lose their lives. It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my target.

If you would like to sponsor me, I would be extremely grateful, and it would help spur me on enormously! Hopefully, this time around, I won’t break my leg in the process. Donations can be made through my JustGiving page.

Although running doesn’t come easy for me, I do enjoy the challenge! And, what better means to give back in some small way to causes close to my family’s hearts. 

Click here to access my JustGiving donation page and to see updates of my journey to the Great North Run on behalf of British Heart Foundation.

Together we can fight heartbreak forever!

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Fight for every heartbeat! – BHF and the GNR!
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