Marathon charity effort from Arbroath woman

AN ARBROATH woman is hoping to mend broken hearts with her feet this month.

Susan Simpson (30) earlier this year pledged to run three marathons in aid of the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Susan has already run two of the three marathons, one in Barcelona in March and the other in Edinburgh in May. Her next challenge will be Loch Ness on September 30.

“I chose the British Heart Foundation because I actually have a heart murmur myself,” said Susan.

“I’ve done some other fund-raising stuff for them before and they are a really good charity. At the moment they are doing research into finding out how Zebra Fish can repair their own hearts.”

Susan runs a swimming class at Arbroath’s Red Lion Caravan Park and she said the support from her pupils has been very important, with the total already at around £1,800.

She continued: “This is largely thanks to the parents and children who attend my parent and child swimming classes. We had a sponsored splash in July and raised over £900.”

Heart problems are a major killer in this country according to Susan. She explained: “Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in Scotland. In a single year there are around 17,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease, one third of all deaths in Scotland.

“Over 270,000 people in Scotland are living with coronary heart disease and more than 200,000 people suffer from angina.

“In any single year there are nearly 7,000 heart attacks in men and about 5,000 in woman, and over 6,000 of these attacks occur in people under the age of 75.

“At the moment there is no cure for a broken heart. Once your heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack it can never fully recover.”

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