A Ripley woman will be taking part in a walk in memory of her dad who who died from a heart attack.
Becky Staley will be joined by her family for the walk to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and they want other people to back the cause.
The walk will take place at Calke Abbey near Ticknall in Derbyshire, to help raise vital funds for the charity’s life saving research.
Becky, 28, who works for Zycomm Electronics, will be taking part in the walk with her mum Margaret, sisters, brothers and a large team of friends and colleagues in memory of her dad, Mel Mellor, who died in December of a heart attack, aged just 63.
Becky said: “It was a few days before Christmas and mum and I were getting ready to go shopping. Before we left dad had been complaining of shoulder pain and said he’d suffered with heartburn through the night, but this was quite normal for him.
“While I was shopping with mum, my husband, Shane, took our sons to a play centre, leaving dad to finish off his Christmas shopping alone. Mum and I left them all at the breakfast table. As Shane left, the boys kissed their papa goodbye, and he said he’d be following them out of the door five minutes later.
“It never occurred to us that they would be our last few hours with him.”
Shane returned home just after lunch. It was the children who discovered Mel collapsed on the living room floor. Shane performed CPR while they waited for the ambulance, but sadly Mel had died two hours before.
Becky continued: “Shane called me, he was crying and said he was sorry but my dad had died. I remember telling him not to let them take him anywhere. I couldn’t believe it was true.
“The drive home was a blur. The paramedics were waiting outside when we got home. It was then it hit home, he had gone.
“The post-mortem later found that he had coronary heart disease, which meant his arteries had become narrowed and reduced the blood flow to his heart muscle leading to a heart attack.
“We never knew he had coronary heart disease, I don’t even think he did.”
By chance last year Becky and Shane had bought forward their wedding. They had been due to marry this year, but opted for July 2013, which meant that Mel gave Becky away.
Becky said: “If we hadn’t, I wouldn’t of had my dad to walk me down the aisle and for that, I’m truly grateful.”
Heart foundation community fundraising manager Sophie Jardine said: “Becky and her family have been through a terrible experience that no-one should have to suffer.
“We are so grateful that they are coming together to honour Mel and help us in our fight against the UK’s single biggest killer – coronary heart disease.
“Every seven minutes someone dies of a heart attack in the UK. By signing up for events like the Calke Abbey Walk you are fighting for everybody who suffers with a heart problem – from babies born with heart defects, to the millions of adults affected by heart disease.
You can join Becky and many others on Sunday, October, 5 and take part in the Calke Abbey Walk. You can register for the either the two-mile or nine-mile route at bhf.org.uk/calke. Registration costs £10 for adults and £5 for children over 6.