Grand­fa­ther puts heart into chal­lenge

Chris takes on 26 mile chal­lenge - a month af­ter hav­ing triple by-pass surgery

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A grand­fa­ther of six who was crit­i­cally ill in hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack just a month a go is plan­ning a marathon chal­lenge to thank the peo­ple who saved his life. Chris York is aim­ing to walk 26.2 miles dur­ing Septem­ber in aid of the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion. He­com­plet­edthe first mile by walk­ing round the pitch at Peter­bor­ough United’s Abax Sta­dium with the help of friends, those who had cared for him, and Posh play­ers Chris For­rester, Hay­den White and Brad In­man.

Chris said: “I am very for­tu­nate to have sur­vived my heart at­tack. Walk­ing this marathon is just my at­tempt to do some­thing to show my ap­pre­ci­a­tion to ev­ery­one at the NHS – at Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal and Pap­worth Hos­pi­tal - andraise money for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion so it can con­tinue to fund much-needed re­search.”

When he first felt un­well, Chris, well known on the lo­cal po­lit­i­cal scene and chair­man of Farcet Par­ish Coun­cil, took him­self to the ac­ci­dent and emer­gency depart­ment at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal.

The grand­fa­ther of six said: “I had a pain in my neck and what felt like a cramp in myshoul­der. I knewthe­p­ainI wa­s­ex­pe­ri­enc­ing wasn’t right which is why I went to hos­pi­tal. But I never sus­pected it was a heart at­tack and I was amazed when doc­tors told me.”

From Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal, Chris was trans­ferred to Pap­worth Hos­pi­tal where he un­der­went a life- sav­ing triple-by­pass op­er­a­tion.

Since be­ing dis­charged back to his home in Stan­ground, he has been cared for by the coro­nary heart dis­ease team at Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (CPFT), the phys­i­cal health, com­mu­nity care and men­tal health provider. Chris York also hap­pens to be a gover­nor of CPFT.

Led by spe­cial­ist nurse Deb­bie Beales, the team pro­vides a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing ad­vice about diet and ex­er­cise to­gether with psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port to help peo­ple re­build their lives and­pre­vent fur­ther coro­nary prob­lems in the fu­ture.

Posh cap­tain Chris For­rester said the Peter­bor­ough United squad were back­ing Chris in his chal­lenge. He said: “He’s un­der gone a mas­sive op­er­a­tion and it must have been tough, but he seems in good spir­its so we wish him all the best in reach­ing his tar­get.”

Nigel Cole, Northamp­ton­shire and Cam­bridgeshire fundrais­ing man­ager for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, said: “What Chris York is do­ing is fan­tas­tic es­pe­cially as it is so soon af­ter his op­er­a­tion. Chris is liv­ing proof there is life af­ter a heart at­tack and his ef­forts will raise vi­tal funds to en­sure re­search con­tin­ues.”

To do­nate to Chris York’s fundrais­ing drive visit: https :// my marathon sept. ev­ery­day­hero.com/uk/ChrisYork­marathon

‘I never sus­pected it was a heart at­tack’ Chris York

Chris York starts his walk ter­bor­ough pol­i­tics

Chris with mem­bers of Peter­bor­ough United and the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion

Chris is well known in Pe-

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