Why am I raising money?

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

I am going to be 40 in April 2014 and have decided that I need to mark this occasion in a fairly grand fashion by completing a series of challenges/events through the year that will raise funds for charity. So why the Cardiomyopathy Association.

Both these incidents crippled our family and suddenly HOCM was a killer and a very big deal.

I am part of a family that has been torn apart by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and if the work that is being done can in some way stop this happening to another family like mine, then it will have been worth every bit of effort.

My story starts with an irregularity being picked up on my mum’s routine ECG done pre-op and following further tests she was diagnosed with HOCM. At this point my brother and I were tested and I was given the all clear whilst my brother was found also to have HOCM. At this point we thought this was a minor ailment which by following some basic advice was no big deal. Naive maybe but a way of dealing with it at the time.

My mum is one of five so her siblings went ahead and made their own decisions about whether they wanted to be tested or not.

A few years later my 34 year old uncle, Richard, dropped dead at the steering wheel of his car causing a crash that thankfully no one else was injured in. His wife was 12 weeks pregnant at the time so he never saw his son.

Six weeks later my 27 year old cousin, Billy, dropped dead on a football pitch.

Both these incidents crippled our family and suddenly HOCM was a killer and a very big deal.

My mum died, age 55, in 2005 after suffering a stroke due to HOCM. My son Matthew was only 11 months old at the time so never really knew his Grandma. My other son Ben was 4 so he does remember her but only just!

My brother, Andrew  died in 2011 after suffering a stroke due to HOCM. He was only 34. He left behind a young wife, Siobhan and his daughter, Holly who was 5 at the time. Holly has currently been given the all clear but continues to be monitored.

If I can help to raise awareness of the disease in even a small way then hopefully this will be a help to other families.

So my challenges over the next 12 months include a 5K, a 10K, the great north swim all helping me get fit to trek the Great Wall of China next October. I will be paying for all of these events myself so all funds raised will go to the Cardiomyopathy Association. I will also be doing cake bakes, craft sales and also shaving my head!! I hope you can support me through all these challenges.


December 2013:

Head Shave 23rd November 3.30pm at Oasis in Hoylake
Santa Dash 5k Liverpool
Craft Fairs

January 2014:
Cake/Craft sale


Bag Pack


Bowood 10K walk

Cake Sale


Birthday Event?!?!

Coastal Walk

Manchester 10K

Great North 2 mile Swim

Hoylake 10K

China Trek

There will be lots of other events going on, so watch this space!


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£4009.32 raised of £5,000.00 target