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Why Am I Running for the British Heart Foundation?

The British Heart Foundation is an amazing charity which has helped save lives over the last fifty years as they fight for every heartbeat.

That’s what I want to do – I want to fight harder for all of the lives that have been taken due to heart disease and other heart related conditions.

Our mission is to win the fight against cardiovascular disease and our vision is a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from cardiovascular disease.

Read about how their research has helped saved lives in the past here.

Our hearts react to everything – falling in love, the thrill of a rollercoaster, excitement makes our hearts beat faster; losing someone makes our heart beat a lot slower. Our hearts feel empty when we lose our loved ones. I cannot imagine how it feels to experience the feeling of your heart beating slower as you are passing away.

There’s a man I once knew with the biggest heart, my grandad. In May this year, it’ll be ten years since my grandad’s heart stopped beating due to Coronary Heart Disease. The scar from grandad’s heart to his leg was long but unfortunately, it wasn’t long enough to measure his life expectancy. No amount of time ever is long enough to spend with our loved ones.

The fact that grandad had diabetes, and he was overweight could have been additional factors, however it still didn’t help any of us to believe that another life had been taken away. He’s gone to heaven, I know that much. He gave his heart to us throughout his life with us and I believe he sends it down to us when we feel alone or when we need his help.

His heart may have stopped beating those years ago but I think deep down that, it’ll live forever. He gave us an enormous amount of love, and I doubt very much that it would have stopped. He will be in our hearts forever and I think we will be in his too.

It saddens me to share that, my other grandads lost their lives to heart attacks, which is why it’s even more important for me to raise money for such a worthy cause that’s close to my heart.

According to the British Heart Foundation, you are eligible for a free NHS health check to evaluate your risk of coronary heart disease if you’re aged between 40 and 74 and live in England; aged between 40 and 64 and live in Scotland; or you live in Northern Ireland (where this is known as a cardiac risk assessment). See more information here.

Through online stores, fundraising events and campaigns, the British Heart Foundation believe that every life matters, and continue to gather research to help saves people’s lives.

Think of all of the conditions associated with your heart – heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attack, high blood pressure, etc. Every single one is important to consider if you are having symptoms.

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Have you ever known anybody who has had a stroke? I have. The British Heart Foundation have taken and still are carrying out research corresponding to the heart and stroke. Read more about it here. You’ll also notice that they include a correlation between a stroke and dementia.

Remember, I mentioned earlier that, grandad has diabetes. Due to a high level of research, the British Heart Foundation have found that, having diabetes can double the risk of developing heart and circulatory disease. If you are someone who has diabetes, it is worth reading this to gain more information of the development of research that has been investigated.

When we choose to follow our hearts we often discover that, we find different paths to travel on, we are more forgiving, we learn to admire ourselves more, gain a deeper meaning of trust, and we also learn to love others.

Following my heart has definitely allowed me to fall in love. For some it isn’t always a decision that they approve of later on, but we cannot deny that it is a wonderful feeling. Listen to your heart – what does it tell you?

Today, my heart gives me the growing love that I have for my family and friends and it also tells me that supporting the British Heart Foundation is one of the most worthy things that I can do.

Sponsor me via my JustGiving page. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

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