We need to beat heart disease

It was a normal Sunday evening with my parents. Just sitting on the sofa having family time. We were joking around when Dad suddenly collapsed. He died on Valentine’s Day when I was just 13. We found out later that he had an undiagnosed heart condition. I was very close to Dad. I was very […]

“This February I want to do something bigger and better.”

It was a normal Sunday evening with my parents. Just sitting on the sofa having family time.

We were joking around when Dad suddenly collapsed.

He died on Valentine’s Day when I was just 13.

We found out later that he had an undiagnosed heart condition.

I was very close to Dad. I was very much a daddy’s girl.

It was 22 years ago, but sometimes it feels like it was yesterday.

I am now a mum of four.

After my youngest was born they picked up that I had a problem with one of the valves in my heart.

My health went downhill rapidly.

I was so tired and some days I couldn’t get out of bed.

I was told that I needed open heart surgery to repair the valve. I was terrified because of what had happened to Dad.

After my operation I decided to start fundraising for the British Heart Foundation because we need to beat heart disease.

I thought, ‘what can I do?’

I own a tea room, and so for Wear it. Beat it, I organised a coffee and cake day there.

We had a raffle, competitions and lots of games.

We were overwhelmed by the amount of people that came.

Some people that walked through the door knew my story; others wanted to share theirs.

We ended up raising nearly £500.

This February I want to do something bigger and better.

I want it to be as red and mad as possible.

– Hayley Chew

Our event was red, with bells on!

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