A 36-YEAR-OLD woman is to lace up her boots to help fund-raise after her father suffered a sudden heart attack.
Stella Hayward, from Ticknall, is encouraging others to join her in taking a stand against heart disease by signing up for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Calke Abbey Walk on October 6.
Three years ago, her father, Stan, suffered a heart attack. He was fit and healthy and had shown no symptoms
Stella said: “Dad was the last person you’d expect to have a heart attack. He was out hill-walking most days. He wasn’t overweight, didn’t drink a lot and was always very active.
“He’d been out walking all day in remote areas. He’d caught the bus home and when he stepped off the bus, he collapsed. Fortunately, there was a policewoman nearby who called for assistance and he was treated very quickly. We later found out his arteries had been furring up for a number of years.”
Stan was rushed to hospital where he stayed for one month until he was strong enough to undergo a triple heart bypass. Since then, he’s gone on to make a good recovery and continues to walk regularly with Stella’s mum, Eve.
Stella added: “He sustained a high level of damage to his heart, which cannot repair itself. Within days of being home he was walking around the room, then around the downstairs of the house. He doesn’t sit down for long.”
She is leading a team of walkers from Western Power Distribution which is sponsoring the event and have previously raised more than £2,000 for the BHF.
Stella said: “Heart disease can affect anyone, even if you think you’re leading a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great cause to support so that breakthroughs and research towards finding a cure can be funded.”
Walkers can choose a nine-mile walk or two-mile family route. Entry is £10 for adults, £5 for children and free for under-6’s. People can take part online www.bhf.org.uk/calke or contact the events team by phoning 0845 130 8663 or email email@example.com