All heart and soles

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

COURT­NEY Best-Read vividly re­calls the night the po­lice knocked on her fam­ily’s door to tell them the news that her dad had died.

Even af­ter 13 years, the pass­ing of her fa­ther Dar­ren from a heart at­tack at just 42 years old is fresh.

The fam­ily is now tak­ing ac­tion to raise money for the Heart Foun­da­tion.

“I re­mem­ber my sis­ter Bil­lieLee wak­ing me up and telling me our fa­ther had died and I told her it wasn’t nice to lie,” she said.

“There were two po­lice of­fi­cers at our house telling us he had a heart at­tack but we didn’t be­lieve what they were say­ing, so we called my grand­par­ents where he was stay­ing and they con­firmed it.

“He wasn’t an al­co­holic or a smoker, so we were in shock. The pain we felt was un­bear­able, but we’ve learned to live with it.”

The Bel­mont sis­ters and their mother Mar­garet, from Carlisle, are tak­ing part in Run for a Rea­son, tack­ling the 4km course on May 27.

Miss Best-Read is now a reg­is­tered nurse af­ter re­al­is­ing she needed to take pos­i­tive ac­tion.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to be a nurse but this spurred me on be­cause it meant I could help save lives,” she said.

“I even got to per­form CPR when I was on prac and I had to call my mum and my sis­ter to tell them what hap­pened. I want to work in car­di­ol­ogy or with the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tors; I just want to be some­one who helps an­other life.”

The trio will wear Ar­se­nal jer­seys to hon­our Dar­ren, who was an avid fan of the English Premier League club.

“He just loved Ar­se­nal; if he couldn’t ac­cess the game on TV then he would lis­ten on the ra­dio and we used to hear him cel­e­brat­ing when they scored,” Miss BestRead said.

“I watched a friend cross the HBF Run for a Rea­son fin­ish­ing line last year and I de­cided there and then that I would do it with my fam­ily in 2018.

“Now we have made a pact to do it ev­ery year, wear­ing Heart Foun­da­tion caps and Ar­se­nal foot­ball tops in mem­ory of Dad.”

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