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London Marathon Sponsorship request
Sun 23 April 2017, 10:00 – 14:30 BST
Hi, thanks for visiting my page!
I am looking for helpful, generous folk to help sponsor me to run the London Marathon in aid of Cardiomyopathy UK. Please copy and paste the link above. :)
**I will also now be taking part in the Silverstone half marathon. This little warm up (ahem!) consists of 3 laps around the famous racetrack totalling 13.1 miles. So before London in April I will be able to stretch my legs and make numerous Lewis Hamilton references on March 12th**
As for the big one...I know it's not my first Marathon, but it is set to be my last! My knees only have a certain shelf life and I am in my 40's now!
So why am doing it again? Well some of you may know that my lovely Wife Louise has had to cope with more than her fair share of medical issues over the years.
For the past couple of decades, she has lived with Cardiomyopathy - a disease of the heart muscle (‘cardio’ means heart, ‘myo’ means muscle and ‘pathy’ means disease – clever eh?!) It is the leading medical cause of sudden death in the under 35s.
There are different types of cardiomyopathy, which vary depending on how they affect the heart muscle.
Louise has Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
This is when the muscle of the left ventricle becomes enlarged (dilated) and stretched. This makes the wall of the ventricle bigger but thinner, and so the muscle is weaker and less able to pump blood out of her heart.
Lou’s symptoms include tiredness (due to low oxygen levels); breathlessness (due to fluid on the lungs); palpitations (feeling your heartbeat); pain in the chest; and dizziness. This is not a short term deal like having a cold – it is something she has to live with every day. And she has done so very bravely for most of her adult life.
So as Louise is unable to run, and apparently my heart is doing fine, I wanted to have one last stab at the London Marathon and raise funds for Cardiomyopathy UK. They are a specialist charity providing information, advice and support to enable anyone affected by cardiomyopathy to live as full a life as possible.
Their vision is for everyone affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy to lead long and fulfilling lives. They provide information and support to families and help train doctors and nurses. They raise awareness, improve diagnosis and management of the condition and promote medical research.
Like any good cause money is an issue, here is an example of their costs:
- £7 pays for a ten-minute call to a specialist helpline nurse
- £10 pays for 3 families who have a child with cardiomyopathy to get the right information
- £20 pays for four people to receive a ‘living with cardiomyopathy’ pack
- £60 pays for 150 people newly diagnosed to get detailed information from their website
- £150 pays for a doctor or nurse to be trained at their annual medical conference
Thank you for taking the time to read this far! Any and all donations are wonderful to receive and Louise and I thank you all for doing so. The price of a couple of pints can make such a difference.
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you again!