A HORSLEY Woodhouse heart patient is taking on a 17-mile charity trek in memory of his mother.
David Anderson and his wife, Christina, of Main Street, will be lacing up their walking boots for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) High Peak Trail Winter Challenge Walk on Sunday, November 20.
David, is dedicating the event to his mother, Lillian Anderson, who died in October, 2010. Lillian had suffered with heart problems for 20 years and had a major heart attack 10 years ago.
As well as taking part in memory of his mother, David is also a heart patient himself. Over six years ago he was renovating a house when he experienced pains in his arms and a sore throat. His symptoms got worse so Christina called for an ambulance and David was taken to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary where he was told he had suffered a heart attack. He was then transferred to Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital and was fitted with a stent.
David said: “My mum was a wonderful woman and she would always support the BHF and other local charities so we thought it would be perfect to take on this event in her memory.
“I came back from my heart attack and all of the information that I got from the BHF was great. I began cardiac rehabilitation and after two years, I climbed Mount Snowdon and I have never looked back.” David and Christina, who are also marking the event as a celebration of both turning 60 this year, are encouraging other people to join them.
BHF Regional Events Organiser Helen Whiteley added: “It is wonderful that David and Christina are taking part in this event and it is a fitting tribute to David’s mother, Lillian. I wish them the best of luck with the challenge and hope their story inspires others to sign up and help us beat heart disease for good.”
Entry is £10. Register online at bhf.org.uk/highpeak, call free phone 0800 169 3672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for entry forms.