A MAREHAY pub is supporting the British Heart Foundation with a month of fundraising events to mark the third anniversary of the landlord’s successful heart surgery.
Phil Barnaville, landlord at The Kestrel Inn, had a mild heart attack in January, 2009, two days before his 58th birthday, which was followed by a quadruple heart bypass weeks later at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
Now fully recovered, Phil has pledged his support to the Foundation’s (BHF) Red for Heart campaign which encourages people across the UK to think about their hearts and raise money to save lives.
He said: “It came out of the blue and it surprised everybody – I had no blood pressure issues. I only had two or three of the signs they look for.
“I was whipped back into hospital with a bad case of angina. The NHS were fantastic – from the ambulance people, right the way through. It was stunning.
“The surgeons took a vein out of my leg and some arteries – it was a good plumbing job and now I feel in very good form!”
The fundraising kicked off on Saturday, February 11, with a karaoke night and a murder mystery evening on Saturday, February 18.
This Friday, February 24, is the official Red Day, and the Kestrel hosts an evening of live music and a raffle. On the Saturday, Godfrey’s Grit and Soul Band plays. Both nights start at 9pm, admission is free and the only fee is a fundraising raffle.
Phil, who raised £400 for the BHF when he turned 60 in 2010, said: “The BHF has given me so much support over the last three years which is why I want to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity, so they can continue to fight heart disease.
“We are hoping to raise £400 during National Heart Month and I’d like to encourage anyone who wants to help out with the events or buy tickets to contact me on 01773 743970.”
Sophie Jardine, BHF fundraising volunteer manager in Marehay, said: “National Heart Month is an important time for Marehay to think about their own hearts and of those around them. Our Red for Heart campaign is our way of raising money to continue saving lives. Thanks to the Kestrel Inn for going Red for Heart to help us to do this.”