Hearty hike will raise cash for vi­tal work

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A HEART at­tack sur­vivor is urg­ing walk­ers to take a hike for lo­cal car­diac pa­tients.

Nick En­twistle, from Mac­cles­field, suf­fered a heart at­tack when he was just 26.

He is back to full health thanks to the ef­forts of the Car­diac Re­hab Team – a team of health­care pro­fes­sion­als who help pa­tients re­cover from heart at­tacks and car­diac is­sues when they leave Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal.

Now Nick is urg­ing peo­ple to join Mac­cles­field’s an­nual Car­diac Re­hab Walk, a 6.5-mile trek along Mid­dle­wood Way tak­ing place on Sun­day, May 15.

The event, which will raise money for East Cheshire NHS Trust’s Car­diac Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Team, was es­tab­lished a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago.

It was in­spired by a pa­tient who set him­self the goal of walk­ing from his home in Con­gle­ton back to Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal as part of his re­cov­ery from heart treat­ment.

Over the years the walk has raised thou­sands of pounds to pur­chase vi­tal equip­ment to aid the Car­diac Re­hab Team’s work.

Nick, a so­cial me­dia ex­pert, has ben­e­fited from that fundrais­ing and at Christ­mas, di­rected the video for the Lewisham and Green­wich NHS Choir’s Christ­mas num­ber one sin­gle.

Nick, of Cather­ine Street, said: “Hav­ing a heart at­tack at any age would be dif­fi­cult to deal with but at 26 I felt like life was all over.

“How­ever, af­ter leav­ing hospi­tal, tak­ing part in the Car­diac Re­hab Team’s classes at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre re­ally helped me to re­build my con­fi­dence and al­low me to do things – like help build a cam­paign to get the NHS Choir to Christ­mas num­ber one.”

The walk starts at Tesco su­per­mar­ket on Hi­bel Road at 9.15am, when par­tic­i­pants will be taken by coach to Nel­son Pit Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in Higher Poyn­ton, where they will walk back to Mac­cles­field.

Paula Spray, car­diac re­hab co-or­di­na­tor, said: “The walk pro­vides a great, fun op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to raise money for their lo­cal NHS ser­vices and boost their own heart health at the same time.

“The money makes a great dif­fer­ence to our work to get peo­ple fit and ac­tive again fol­low­ing heart treat­ment.

“Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease is one of the big­gest killers in the UK, and money raised will go a long way to help­ing the hun­dreds of heart pa­tients we treat ev­ery year.”

To reg­is­ter call 01625 663083.

●● Nick En­twistle

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