A PASTOR is preparing for a gruelling Three Peaks challenge to raise money for charity – just five months after having life-saving heart surgery.
Market Rasen New Life Church Pastor Paul Hiley was rushed into hospital in November and had to have emergency open heart surgery to replace a valve that was not opening fully.
Five months on from this “scary time” and Paul, 64, is preparing to attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – a 25-mile trek through three peaks in the Pennine range - in under 12 hours.
He said: “I had an appointment for the operation at the end of February but it had to be brought forward in a bit of an emergency.
“It was a little bit of a scary time but I’m fit and well and back to running and swimming again – and I’m truly looking forward to the challenge.”
Paul is hoping to raise £250 for charity, Across Lines which is setting out to build and furnish an eight-bed hospital in a rural part of Uganda.
“I’m so excited about the project. I feel fully recovered now and look forward to trying out my new poly carbon heart valve on a few Yorkshire mountains. I might need some poly carbon knees though when we’ve finished,” said Paul.
Across Lines was founded by Tealby couple John and Kathy Scarborough, and their son Nic, in November 2007.
It was set up after Nic contracted severe food poisoning while travelling through Eastern Uganda. He spent three days rehydrating on a makeshift drip, semi-conscious in a small, concrete room in a health centre.
When he finally recovered, Nic promised the staff he would give something back for the care he received.
Since then the charity has refurbished and equipped the health centre and re-roofed and furnished an orphanage.
Paul will take on the challenge on June 16. For more information and to sponsor him visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/paulhiley1.