Super-fit fundraiser Gemma Feek, from Tibshelf, is about to take on the challenge of a lifetime – by becoming a Heart Runner in the Virgin London Marathon 2014 to help raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation.
Gemma, aged 21, a Business Advisor at Learning Unlimited, Chesterfield College, will be donning her official BHF Heart Runners vest and running the 26.2 mile course on April 13.
She is hoping to raise as much money as possible, £2000, to help the charity beat heart and circulatory disease – the UK’s biggest killer.
Gemma said: “I decided to take part because in 2007 following many years of fighting heart complications, my Grandad sadly passed away.
“My Grandad’s last few months were spent in Chesterfield Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit. Here, the staff went above and beyond to make sure he was provided with the best possible care.
“Because of this, when he passed, my family collected donations for this department on his behalf.
“I now want to raise money for the Organisation behind it all, on a much larger scale and what better way to achieve this then to run The London Marathon.”
To raise money and awareness Gemma will be undertaking a wide variety of events such as ‘RAMP UP THE RED’ days within different businesses, holding a car boot sale at The Proact Stadium, bag packing at a variety of local supermarkets and collecting at many locations throughout Derbyshire.
Nancy Prior, Head of Events at the British Heart Foundation said: “Thanks to Gemma for joining the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Runners team – with support like this we really can beat heart disease together.”
All funds raised by the Heart Runners team will help ensure the BHF can continue to save thousands of lives through its groundbreaking research and innovative prevention and care work.
For more information about taking part in a BHF event please visit bhf.org.uk/events for details.