The Rt Hon Andrew Percy MP has joined the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to launch a call for local people to support this year’s Humber Bridge Heart Walk and raise vital funds for the fight against heart failure.
The annual event will take place on Sunday September 21 and walkers can start from either the south or north side of the Bridge to walk one or more laps. Each return lap is four miles.
The money raised from the event will go towards the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, which is taking the fight to heart failure.
Heart failure occurs when so much heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack the heart can’t pump blood around the body as well as it should.
Living with heart failure can be terrifying and can cause prolonged suffering.
Simple tasks, such as having a shower, doing the shopping or playing with the children, become a real struggle.
Three quarters of people with severe heart failure will not live beyond five years.
Mr Percy has been leading on a campaign to get more defibrillators place in the community and is a community first responder.
“Health is a major priority for us locally and I am pleased to join BHF volunteers to promote the Walk,” he said.
“The BHF is powered by research and through its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal needs to raise millions of pounds to prevent the devastating suffering inflicted by heart failure.
“This ground-breaking Appeal seeks support from the UK public to fund a cutting edge research programme involving stem cell research and developmental biology to work out how to repair or replace damaged heart muscle.”
Last year, the walk raised more than £4,000 and local fundraisers hope to raise even more this year.
And to help their efforts, they are looking for sponsorship from local businesses who would be willing to provide a prize to the highest individual fundraiser.
“This year’s Heart Walk promises to be a fun event all the family can join in,” said Elsa Wightman, Chair of the BHF N Lincs Fundraising Branch.
“Following last year’s success, we are once again including a free children’s treasure hunt to encourage walkers of all ages to take part.“
“Our scientists are making great strides in the fight against heart failure, but success will require much more money and research to ensure that this momentum is not lost.
“Events like the Humber Bridge Heart Walk raise vital funds that help the BHF continue its life-saving and life-changing work and we hope people will support us by signing up today.”
To register for the walk, and for more information about the event, visit bhf.org.uk/humberbridgewalk or call Barbara Widdowson, BHF Branch Treasurer, on 01427 753692.
For more information about the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, visit bhf.org.uk/findthecure.