Simon Finlay

Simon's fundraiser for The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity

Fundraising for The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity
raised of £1,000 target
by 98 supporters
Event: Liverpool Half Marathon 2024, on 17 March 2024
We support the work of LHCH to make lives better for our patients



It’s been quite the year!

On 3 March 2023, I underwent open heart surgery to counter certain abnormalities found through the discovery of a congenital heart defect. I won’t lie, it was a shock when I found out what my issue was, but after a short time I acclimatised to the situation. I understood that I couldn’t live without surgery and that was in the best hands with Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital.

On 10 March I was discharged, but following complications I was rushed in for a second emergency operation on 16th. The following day I woke up in a hospital bed, once again in a great deal of pain. That day was my 46th birthday and it was a low point! I was, however, in the best possible place and in the best possible hands and was cared for really well. Sure enough I was discharged again a few days later and began my slow road to recovery.

Fast forward one year … St. Patrick’s Day - 17th March 2024 … and I will be running in the Liverpool Half Marathon. One year after a personal low point, I aim to achieve a personal high!

13 weeks after surgery I returned to work. I made the decision to run shortly after returning to work and finding out that the event was on my birthday. Also at that time I also began my road towards my first post-opp 5k. By October I managed to complete a 5k without walking.

In December I put out a rally cry at my works Annual Conference to see if anyone would fancy joining me. Within a week 8 fantastic work colleagues answered the call, set up a WhatsApp group and proceeded to motivate each other towards our joint goal.

It is because of what I have been through, the time I have spent at Liverpool Heart & Chest, experiencing firsthand the miraculous work they do and feeling the love and support from all parts of that amazing hospital that I have decided to raise money for the Liverpool Heart & Chest Charity.

If you would like to support them please follow the link to my JustGiving page. Any donations would be appreciated.

Thanks for readying my story.

About the charity

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is one of the UK's leading specialist hospitals for the care of people with heart and lung diseases. With your help we are able to purchase vital equipment, fund innovative research and provide additional amenities for our patients and their families.

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