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March doctor puts on running shoes for 10km run

Charity and Fundraising News from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Charity and Fundraising News from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Local GP, Dr Wendy Harrison is putting on her running shoes to tackle the Great British London 10k Run next week on behalf of heart muscle charity The Cardiomyopathy Association (CMA) – having been inspired by good friend Emma Cumpson.

Emma was found to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy five years ago, and recently underwent her second open heart surgery operation at Papworth Hospital.

Wendy, 50, who is a partner at The Cornerstone Practice in March, and Emma, came to know one another through St Wendreda’s church after Emma’s declining health brought her back to her home town.

She said: “I want to help raise awareness of cardiomyopathy and raise money to support a charity that has supported my friend so well. Although I’m actually a doctor, I really knew very little about this condition which affects as many as one in 500 people including babies, and is the number one medical cause of sudden death in people under the age of 35 in the UK.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to run alongside 25,000 other people, many of whom are running for charities, near our most famous landmarks. I’ve been training hard and would love to complete the run in under an hour, but just getting over that finish line will be an achievement!”

Wendy is running the London 10k on Sunday, July 13, and is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity. If you would like to sponsor Wendy, call in at The Cornerstone or visit her Giving Page on line at:- http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/wendyharrison2

 

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