Fantastic article printed a few weeks ago about one of our carers Donna, and her family of runners. As a team they regularly take part in fun runs and charity runs, and are currently preparing for 'Tough Mudder', 'Race for Life' and other local 5k's, 10k's and half marathons. Congratulations all - see you at the finish line!
YOUNG FAMILY RUN 5K FROM HEART FOR UNCLE
A Beddau family were inspired to run 5k on Sunday after a close relative suffered a heart attack.
Donna Callan, 33, from Beddau, took part in the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5k event at Bute Park, Cardiff, for the second year running with her three daughters Jasmine, 10, Georgia, 7 and Hollie, 4.
The family ran the 5k which raises money for a healthy heart scheme with national charity Heart Research UK, for their Uncle Kenny, 59, who suffered a heart attack in 2013, resulting in him having to have a quadruple heart bypass.
Kenny Macleod, who works in a local authority gym, was in good health yet one day experienced chest pains while in work – testing his heart rate on one of the gym monitors and discovering it was extremely high.
He went to hospital where he was told he’d had a heart attack and needed surgery.
During surgery, doctors realised Kenny’s heart problems were much worse than they thought, and he had to have a quadruple heart bypass. He recovered and is now back at work.
The family were told it may be a hereditary problem and have since all be tested.
Donna, a schedule 3 foster carer with the Foster Care Co-operative said: “As a family we realise how important it is to keep our hearts healthy – since my Uncle Kenny experienced heart problems, it has become even more important to us.”
Barbara Harpham, national director at Heart Research UK, added: “It’s families like the Callan’s who make the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5k series so worthwhile. It is important to raise funds for research so that people like their Uncle Kenny can receive the best care.”
Among those in South Wales who have received healthy heart grants for community initiatives are Calon Hapus – Scope Wales; Techniquest in Cardiff and Port Talbot FC Community Sports.
People can also follow Heart Research UK on Twitter @heartsresearchuk.