Ash­ley is all heart as her 10k raises £1k

West Lothian Courier - - 11.10.2018 - Sean O’Neil

a young run­ner who was born with a rare con­gen­i­tal heart de­fect and un­der­went two open heart surg­eries has com­pleted a 10k for char­ity.

ash­ley Meikle (22) from Bath­gate, who was born with the rare heart con­di­tion shone’s Com­plex has raised £1000 for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF) af­ter com­plet­ing the Lin­lith­gow 10k run on sun­day.

the med­i­cal stu­dent, who is cur­rently in her fi­nal year of med­i­cal school, took part in the run de­spite un­der­go­ing two sep­a­rate open heart surg­eries at dif­fer­ent stages in her life.

ash­ley had her fist surgery less than two weeks af­ter she was born and had to un­dergo more heart surgery at 19 over a sum­mer hol­i­day.

ash­ley said:“i had my first heart surgery per­formed at 13 days old. since then i have gone on to lead an ac­tive, healthy life. How­ever i had to re­quire more surgery aged 19 when i had a mi­tral valve re­pair.

“all of this has in­spired me to give some­thing back to the peo­ple that have made such a dif­fer­ence to my life as well as help with re­search for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“Last year, i com­pleted a 5k and raised around £800 for the sick Chil­dren’s char­ity who cared for me grow­ing up and this year i de­cided to do a 10k for the BHF.”

on her Just­giv­ing page ash­ley said:“the BHF has helped half the num­ber of peo­ple dy­ing from heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease in the uK but sadly ev­ery day hun­dreds of peo­ple lose their lives.

“it’s only thanks to sup­port from peo­ple like us that the BHF can cre­ate new treat­ments and dis­cover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours of re­search by an early ca­reer sci­en­tist, but ev­ery pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my tar­get.”

to do­nate to ash­ley’s cause visit www. just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/ash­leyMeikle5 .

Great achieve­ment Ash­ley Meikle raised £1000 for char­ity at the Lin­lith­gow 10k

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