A Leeds woman, who says her two year old daughter wouldn’t be alive today without research into heart disease, is entering her family in a fun 5K event at Roundhay Park to raise funds to help others.
Vicky Shepherd’s two-year-old daughter, Imogen, had life-saving heart surgery when she was six months old and now the mother of four wants to give something back by entering her family in the SUBWAY® Family 5K event at Roundhay Park on Sunday 9 June.
Vicky, 36, of Spen Bank, West Park, Leeds, is calling on other families to take part in the event and help raise funds for Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK because she says it was research that helped to save her youngest daughter’s life.
Vicky and her partner, Keir Tankard, along with their children, twins Joshua and Coral, 16, Evan, 9, and Imogen, 2, are all taking part on 9 June because they want to give something back.
“We can’t thank research enough because it has saved Imogen’s life,” said Vicky. “I think it is amazing what they can do in heart surgery nowadays. We’re all very excited about taking part in the event and to be able to give something back.”
Imogen needed emergency open heart surgery at six months old after it was discovered that her chest infections were more serious than first thought. After going through a seven-hour operation to correct a rare heart condition she was put on a life support machine – but has now made a full recovery. “It is such a fine line between having something serious and something that is not serious,” said Vicky.
Her nine-year-old stepson, Evan, also has a heart condition, mitral stenosis, and will need an operation at some stage. Vicky says she hopes that by the time he needs the procedure more new techniques may also have been found via research.
The SUBWAY Helping Hearts™ Family 5K at Roundhay Park is open to the whole family, whether you are a novice or just want to beat your personal best. The events are free for children and £5.99 for adults, with all money raised going towards the Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grant scheme which provides financial support to local community groups. The funds raised will also encourage locals to lead healthier lifestyles.
Go to http://www.heartresearch.org.uk/events/subwayfamily5k for race information and to register.
Family and friends are welcome to show their support and cheer on their loved ones at the finish line on 9 June. There will be plenty of family-fun activities on offer throughout the day including face painting, SUBWAY® picnic and family games.
Barbara Harpham, National Director of Heart Research UK said: “We are thrilled to be working with the SUBWAY® brand to encourage a better lifestyle for the whole family. The SUBWAY Helping Hearts™ Family 5K will allow you to raise money for your local community whilst enjoying a fun family day out.”
Manaaz Akhtar, Head of Marketing for the SUBWAY® brand in the UK and Ireland, said: “I am delighted the SUBWAY® brand is launching the SUBWAY Helping Hearts™ Family 5K series in Leeds, the home of Heart Research UK. The fun run shows our commitment to encouraging families to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.”