Parson Drove man takes on walk after heart surgery

John Craythorne is doing a fundraising walk after open heart surgery ANL-151018-165046009
John Craythorne is doing a fundraising walk after open heart surgery ANL-151018-165046009

An inspirational man, who had open heart surgery earlier this year, is on the way to overcoming his condition by taking on a 47-mile walk to raise funds for Children In Need.

John Craythorne, 72, of Ingham Hall Gardens, Parson Drove, had a triple by-pass operation to correct problems with his heart valves.

After monitoring his condition at Peterborough Hospital for three years, doctors decided that an operation was needed in January of this year.

The surgery left him with a large scar on his chest and, in another setback, John had to go back for further treatment after suffering from pleurisy because of fluid on his lungs.

He was unable to drive for a number of weeks and it was a few weeks after that before he could continue his love of astronomy and use his beloved telescope.

But last week, John set out on the first of four stages to tackle the North Norfolk Coastal Walk.

He hopes to complete the 47-mile trek between Hunstanton and Sheringham tomorrow on his way to raising more than £300 for the charity.

John said: “After my surgery my main motivation, apart from my family, was to get back to my lifelong hobby of astronomy.

“I’ve got a dog, which I took for a walk about four times a day, but it only equated to half-a-mile at a time.

“I used to do a lot of hill walking in the Lake District and I happened to be watching Countryfile one Sunday evening when they mentioned about a rambling weekend for Children In Need.

“I thought to myself this would be a good idea, so I downloaded the sponsorship form and decided to take on the North Norfolk Coastal Walk.”

Mr Craythorne has already doubled his initial target and hopes to encourage others like himself to do something similar.

“I set myself a very modest target of £100, but I’ve already doubled that so it would be nice if I could get up to three or four hundred.

“While I was doing one of the legs of the walk, a worker dipped in his pocket and gave me a fiver and gestures like that make the whole thing so worthwhile.

“I hope my endeavours encourage other people to get better after heart surgery, as well as helping some of those less fortunate than myself.”

If you would like to contribute to John’s fundraising efforts for Children In Need, visit: www.justgiving.com/John-Craythorne/