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Kieran Sandwell was introduced with a coronary heart hero award by the British Coronary heart Basis for serving to to boost greater than £13,500 for the charity
A coronary heart transplant survivor from South Devon who used his experiences to change into an inspirational fundraiser has been honoured by a nationwide charity.
Kieran Sandwell from Dawlish, Devon was introduced with a coronary heart hero award by the British Coronary heart Basis for serving to to boost greater than £13,500 for the charity.
He gained the Fearless Fundraiser award in a digital ceremony that was hosted on-line by TV presenter Vernon Kay.
In 2017, 49-year-old Kieran set-off on a 5,000-mile trek across the coast of the UK. All through his journey, Kieran trekked by, rain, snow and storms, carrying all his gear and generally sleeping tough.
His epic journey took practically three years to finish as he needed to take rests on account of sickness. However in December 2019 he made a triumphant end on London Bridge, elevating £13,500 for the BHF within the course of.
Kieran determined to tackle the stroll to mark his restoration from a coronary heart transplant in 2009. He had been born with a congenital coronary heart defect that brought on him to have a coronary heart assault on the age of 13
Within the following years, his well being worsened and by the point he was 35, he was in coronary heart failure and placed on the ready record for coronary heart transplant.
He mentioned: “Finishing my trek across the UK was a dream of a lifetime that I by no means thought I’d have the ability to do.
“Once I had coronary heart failure, I couldn’t even stroll to the store to purchase milk, not to mention across the nation.
“Elevating cash for the BHF by this stroll was crucial to me. With out the analysis they fund, and the breakthroughs of their scientists, I’d not be alive right now.
“I felt very honoured and humbled to obtain this award. Hopefully, the cash I’ve raised will assist new discoveries that may assist folks sooner or later.”
Pleasure Petley, fundraising supervisor for the BHF, mentioned: “Kieran has gone above and past to provide again to the BHF by elevating this immense sum of money for our analysis.
“Along with his fundraising, Kieran acted as an unimaginable advocate for the BHF throughout his stroll, doing numerous media interviews all whereas battling sickness and the worst of the British climate.
“His dedication and selflessness are an actual inspiration, and his assist implies that we are able to proceed to fund analysis that brings hope to the tens of millions of individuals dwelling with coronary heart and circulatory situations.”
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