It has always seemed the right thing to do to do these challenges for charity. When ever asked “Why?” I will always answer “If I’m going through pain someone else may as well benefit!”
With so many deserving causes historically I have tried to support charities that have had a personal meaning to me.
This year I will be raising funds once again for British Heart Foundation
My support of the British Heart Foundation goes back many years to when I undertook swimathons alongside my father following his first bi-pass operation (younger than my current age). He went on to have a number of stents and totalled eight bi-passes (2no. triples and a double) and we were so grateful to the technology of the BHF for his extended company years after his first Heart issues. He sadly died in May 2020.
Following the premature death of my brother-in-law from a heart attack in 2003 I undertook a number of triathlons (including an Ironman) and my first marathon (with my sister) in his memory for the benefit of the British Heart Foundation.
Early in 2016 Mark (Sheppy) ,a friend & mentor, tragically died of a heart condition. He was my Captain as we played Water Polo together for a number of successful teams for over 20 years growing up . A leader in & out of the water who not only had a passion for a full life he also had a love and talent for swimming & he will be with me throughout the swim.
BHF vision couldn’t be more ambitious - a world where people no longer die prematurely from heart disease.But it can’t be done alone. BHF are working alongside government, other health charities, health professionals and thousands of dedicated supporters to beat heart disease.
I hope you will see my association with the British Heart foundation is long standing and something very personal to me and my family and will choose to join me by supporting this great cause.
Charities that I have been proud to represent over the years through these challenges have been:
British Heart Foundation
Cancer Research UK
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Prostate Cancer UK
The Torsie Lymphoma Research Fund
Marie Curie Cancer Trust
Help for Heroes
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