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Nuneaton and Bedworth locals do a runner to help mend broken hearts

Published on Tuesday, 26th July 2016

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Kind hearted runners raised over five thousand pounds for this year’s British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Nearly 200 people took part in the Run For Your Heart 2016 5K Fun Run in April organised by the Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council Sports Development Team and Nuneaton Harriers Athletics Club.

One of the participants was Elizabeth Pap, age 10 years old, who although was born with a hole in the heart could not have an operation until she weighed over 15 kilo’s.

Finally at 4 years old, Elizabeth had the operation to bridge the hole and correct a valve problem.

Donna Stokes, fundraising manager at British Heart Foundation, said: “ Elizabeth’s story emphasises what this type of event is really about, raising awareness of heart disease and raising funds so we can fund the research that can make a difference to people’s lives.

“Lots of people entered this event for many different reasons, and whatever their reason, I would like to thank them for their support to help raise funds for the appeal.

“The aim of the appeal is to raise enough money to fund the ground-breaking research that could help the heart to ‘heal itself’ after a heart attack and prevent thousands of people developing further heart problems.”

Barry Longden, portfolio holder for health & environment, said: “An incredible £5400 was raised by 179 people.

“This annual event has grown from strength to strength over the past several years and now it is an event that residents look forward too, providing them with a challenge and an opportunity to take part in physical activity for a really good cause.

“We would love to break the 250 participants taking part next year, so the challenge goes out to residents to get involved.”