WHY HEART LINK?
May finds me supporting Heart Link Children’s charity based at Glenfield hospital.
As I have friends and family that work in the NHS and often tell me how massively underfunded it is, the work done by Heart Link to raise funds for equipment, rooms and buildings is vital. At the moment Glenfield is one of only 4 centres in the country that can provide E.C.M.O (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) treatment thanks in part to the fund raising efforts of Heart Link.
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?
The challenge for this month is a 102 mile walk on a network of footpaths that encircles Leicestershire, called the Leicester round. I will do this over the course of 4 days, so aim to complete around 25 miles a day. This challenge is all about endurance, and pushes me both physically and mentally, but is also local to the Glenfield based charity chosen.
WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?
I will be joined on this particular challenge by my close personal friend Neil Gardiner. Neil has been a Duke of Edinburgh Leader for many years and has a wealth of knowledge around walking and orienteering, so hopefully he will stop me from getting lost.
WHO ARE HEART LINK?
Heart Link (East Midlands Children’s Heart Care Association) was formed in 1981, as a support group for parents and families who had a child suffering from a heart defect.
Over the years we have also become increasingly committed to improving facilities for our young patients, their families and providing much needed valuable medical equipment.
Our aim has always been to do our best to provide the best.
All our Officials, Committee Members and helpers give their time freely, without payment or taking any expenses, and our administration costs are minimal.
Since 1981 we have collected, with the marvellous support and generosity of the general public, well over£4 million pounds. This has been used to fund projects large and small.