A Yorkshire cardiac nursing sister, who helps hearts daily in her job, is putting her body to the test by running a 10k event to raise vital money for research into heart disease.
Emma Robinson, 27, will compete in the BUPA Manchester 10k on 26 May and is hoping to raise as much as she can for Heart Research UK – with the help of family, friends and the public.
Emma, of Morgan Street, Scarborough, sees every day how heart disease affects people of all ages, and she wanted to do something to support research into an illness that is still the UK’s biggest killer.
“I see a wide range of heart conditions in my job and how it affects not just the patient but their family and friends as well,” she said. “Heart disease also strikes at all ages, and problems are being picked up quicker and in a lot more younger people.”
Emma, who has been a cardiac nurse at Scarborough General Hospital since 2008 and a sister since November last year, is aiming to raise at least £500 from the Manchester event as well as increasing awareness of heart disease which leads to the deaths of up to 90,000 people a year in the UK.
Running is new to Emma, and the Manchester 10k will be her second event after running the Great North Run last year. She will be doing the Great North Run again later this year – for Heart Research UK. “Running is not something I am used to doing, but I will be trying to push myself to raise both money and awareness of heart disease,” she said.
Heart Research UK National Director, Barbara Harpham said: “We’re delighted that Emma has chosen to run on behalf of our charity, and we all appreciate the wonderful work that nurses like her do to help patients through such a debilitating illness. We hope Emma gets a lot of support in her fundraising as running 10k is a big achievement. Funding raised locally goes towards helping hearts locally.”
You can support Emma by donating via her sponsored link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaRobinson7
For further information contact Chris Child on 0113 297 6207
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