I am writing to invite your readers to sign up to one of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) ultimate walking challenges – the Hadrian’s Wall Hike on the 7 May.
You’ll be walking nine miles across the most challenging section of this historic wall, take in miles of challenging ascents, deep descents and breath taking views with every step.
This year, I joined hundreds of hikers in the fight against heart disease as I took on another of the charity’s programme of treks to raise funds for the BHF’s life saving research.
I signed up because there’s a long history of heart and circulatory disease in my family. My dad has suffered from several angina attacks and had a stent fitted in 2007 after doctors discovered a narrowed artery. My grandfather also died of dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, in 1993 when I was just two years old.
My dad is one of seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK today. In the North West alone, there are an estimated 902,000 people living with heart and circulatory disease. But the BHF is fighting back through its life saving research.
I met some amazing people along the way and it’s a fantastic way to get into the great outdoors, all while supporting a worthy cause. The Hadrian’s Wall Hike helped raise over £50,000 for the BHF’s vital research into heart disease this year, but we want to raise even more in 2017.
I would encourage anyone to take on a challenge and sign up to become a Heart Trekker – you will be making such a difference to millions of people in the UK living with heart disease. Visit bhf.org.uk/challenges to find out more.
BHF Heart Trekker and Gogglebox star