Familiar face joins Worcester heart walk

By Gary Smee Wednesday 22 May 2013 Updated: 23/05 16:31

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Buy photos » Television presenter, Jim Rosenthal, and his wife Chrissy took part in the British Heart Foundation walk in Worcester. (s)

TELEVISION presenter Jim Rosenthal joined more than 100 people to take part in a charity walk for the British Heart Foundation.

The four-mile walk, which started at the Hive and weaved through some of Worcester's most picturesque areas on Sunday (May 19), raised about £4,000 for the cause.

Mr Rosenthal has been a big supporter of the event as his father-in-law, Stanley Smith, who lives in the city is a heart patient.

Donna Stokes, fund-raising manager for the British Heart Foundation, said: "We would like to thank everyone who took part and pledged £4,000 in sponsorship money for the charity.

"The weather was great and there was a lovely atmosphere as many people had their own personal stories about how heart disease had affected them or their family and friends.

The Mending Broken Hearts Appeal is vitally important as for many people, surviving a heart attack is just the beginning of a fight that will last the rest of their life.

"Their heart can suffer damage that can never be repaired and this can lead to heart failure. This is when the heart cannot pump blood around the body as well as it used to and the oxygen in the blood cannot reach the parts of the body where it's needed. In severe cases this can leave people disabled and gasping for breath."

"More than 750,000 people in the UK suffer from heart failure resulting in thousands of families having to watch the people they love struggle with these distressing symptoms."

Anyone interested in volunteering or organising a fund-raising event for the British Heart Foundation can contact Donna Stokes on 0121 353 2087 or stokesd@bhf.org.uk.

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