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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-18-11

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Trail of 2 hearts - Heart transplant survivor walks the Merseyside coastline

A heart transplant survivor is walking the length of Merseyside's coastline as part of a 5,000 mile trek around Britain to help raise £20,000 for the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) life saving research. Kieran Sandwell, 45, from Hertfordshire is taking on the incredible challenge, called:- 'Trail of Two Hearts,' to mark the end of his long battle with heart disease after having a heart transplant 8 years ago.  After setting off on 1 February 2017, from London, Kieran has already walked an amazing 2,300 miles and is nearing the halfway point of his epic 5000 mile trek. His incredible journey will now see him walking the Lancashire Coast, along the way, visiting:-

► Longton.
► Southport.
► Crosby.
► New Brighton.
► Heswall.

Kieran is calling on the public to support him on his journey by helping him raise £20,000 for the BHF's life saving research, which will bring new hope to an estimated seven million people who are living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK. In Merseyside alone, around 175,000 people are living with the devastating impact caused by heart and circulatory disease.

Kieran wants the people of Merseyside to get involved by walking with him, hosting him, or by helping to him organise a fundraising event. You can find out more information or sponsor Kieran by visiting his Just Giving Page.

Speaking about his challenge, Kieran said:- "The inspiration for my challenge came to me around 25 years ago, but then it was only something I could dream of because of my health. My 2nd heart has enabled me to do so much and I'm urging the public to help me support the BHF's ground breaking research by making a donation."

Kieran's battle with heart disease began when he was just 3 years old, when he had to have open heart surgery to correct a condition called:- 'Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA).' This is where the main arteries in the heart are 'plumbed' back to front. When Kieran was 13, he suffered a heart attack and during his early 20's he had 2 mini strokes and began having abnormal heart rhythms. By the time he reached 35, he was in heart failure and he was put on the list for a new heart. In July 2009, Kieran received his new heart and donated his old heart to British Heart Funded Research into congenital heart disease, which has contributed to important discoveries that will help others living with conditions like TGA. The money he raises on this incredible journey around Britain will help fund even more life saving research.

Michelle Bailey, BHF Area Fundraising Manager for North West said:- "We never cease to be amazed by the incredible ways our supporters raise money for our research, but Kieran's coastline challenge is 1 of the biggest fundraisers we've ever seen. We are so grateful for his determination and dedication to supporting our work and we're behind him every step of the way! Every 3 minutes someone in the UK loses their life to heart and circulatory disease, which devastates the lives of those they leave behind. We urgently need more people to join our fight for every heartbeat and help fund our life saving research, so if Kieran has inspired you please do help power his steps and donate!"

Travelodge, the BHF's charity partner, will be supporting Kieran by providing him with a room to rest in for the night wherever possible along his route through England and Wales. Berghaus, the outdoor clothing and equipment brand, is supporting Kieran on his walk by providing clothing, including a waterproof jacket and warm winter-wear.

To support Kieran on his 'Trail of two Hearts,' visit:- ATrailOfTwoHearts.Com.


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