World Heart Day

Christopher Day and Stephen Buttriss from March are preparing to join hundreds of walkers to help raise money for Papworth Hospital’s Charity as part of World Heart Day on Sunday. Both of them have had family members treated at Papworth Hospital and are raising money as a way of saying thank you.

Christopher, whose wife has Cystic Fibrosis and receives care at Papworth said: “My wife has to go to the hospital regularly and we can’t fault the staff. They are truly understanding and their support and care helps us both to cope with what is a difficult condition.” Christopher works for the National Grid who has generously agreed to double his sponsorship money.

Both of Stephen’s parents have received care at Papworth Hospital. Stephen said: “My late father had quite a serious heart operation at Papworth and he received really excellent care. My mother’s situation was less serious but I want to take part in World Heart Day to say thank you and to support a very worthwhile charity.” This is the eighth World Heart Day event that Papworth Hospital Charity has organized, and this year they are aiming to raise £75,000 to buy a new Cardio Pulmonary Bypass machine. This vital piece of equipment temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery for more than 3,000 patients who are operated on at Papworth each year.

At the event, supported by British Gas, people of all ages and abilities will be walking, running and cycling the 1.5, 4.5 or 9 mile routes at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough. In order to raise even more money, eight people will be doing a sponsored 10,000ft free-fall sky dive from various airports across the country.

Mary Liley, Papworth Hospital Charity Director said: “The aim of this event is to provide a fun family day out and for people to get their hearts pumping and enjoy some healthy exercise. It is great that so many people from across the county have already signed up to help us raise vital funds.”

There is still a chance for people to join the walk by signing up on the Papworth Hospital Charity website; alternatively you can sign up on the day.