Man aim­ing for Snow­don summit after five coro­nary by­passes

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AN AN­GLE­SEY man who un­der­went five coro­nary artery by­passes after a heart at­tack last year is hop­ing to en­ter the Guin­ness Book of Records!

Yes­ter­day, as the Mail went to press, Jim Walker, of Rhos­neigr, was plan­ning to walk to the summit of Snow­don to raise funds for car­diac re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on An­gle­sey and Gwynedd.

Jim’s heart at­tack meant im­me­di­ate surgery, fol­lowed by five coro­nary artery by­passes. Sup­port came from fam­ily and friends, but also the fan­tas­tic staff at Ys­byty Gwynedd, Liver­pool Heart and Lung Hos­pi­tal, Car­diac Re­hab and the County Coun­cil’s Na­tional Ex­er­cise Re­fer­ral Scheme (NERS) Team at Holy­head Leisure Cen­tre.

Jim says that the ex­er­cise pro­gram he re­ceived at Holy­head was cen­tral to his re­cov­ery. Tak­ing on this chal­lenge is his way of say­ing “thank you” to ev­ery­one who has helped him through­out his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion:

He said, “Without the sup­port from the amaz­ing team of staff I’ve met along my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion jour­ney I wouldn’t be walk­ing up Snow­don, in fact I wouldn’t be walk­ing any­where! I’m do­ing this epic climb to show you that it’s not the end of the world if you have a med­i­cal prob­lem and you can re­cover and re­cover well too.”

“Ev­ery step I take to­wards the summit will re­mind me and hope­fully in­spire oth­ers how with their sup­port and ded­i­ca­tion can sup­port you to achieve your goals.”

A num­ber of those who have helped Jim, in­clud­ing An­gle­sey Leisure Ser­vice Ex­er­cise Re­fer­ral Pro­fes­sional, John Earn- shaw, will join him.

John added, “The NERS scheme pro­vides high qual­ity su­per­vised ex­er­cise pro­gramme to im­prove health and well­be­ing at all of our leisure cen­tres. Jim’s re­cov­ery has been re­mark­able and the An­gle­sey NERS team is pleased to have played a role in help­ing him on the road to re­cov­ery.”

No one has ever at­tempted to reach the summit of Snow­don after five coro­nary artery by­passes. Jim’s at­tempt will be un­prece­dented and one of the aims is to get him into the Guin­ness Book of Records.

If you would like to sup­port Jim’s chal­lenge, you can donate on­line: https://www.just­giv­ing. com/crowd­fund­ing/jim-walker

The money raised will help sup­ply equip­ment for the Car­diac team in the leisure cen­tres on An­gle­sey and Gwynedd.

Main and inset: Jim Walker, of Rhos­neigr, planned to walk to the summit of Snow­don to raise funds for car­diac re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on An­gle­sey and Gwynedd.

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