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Kerrie and I have both decided to raise money in 2018 alongside Rocks n Rituals in memory of my late father, Tom Garrett, who died in 1989 from a massive heart attack. Back then there was not as much medical intervention and as a result my father, who had suffered 2 previous heart attacks in the mid 80's, died instantly from his 3rd attack.
My brother and cousin have also undergone by-pass surgery and my mother is also affected with heart disease, having angina and a pacemaker.
Kerrie's father has had a recent brush with heart disease and had stents and a defib unit placed in his chest just last year, after being diagnosed with a heart problem in 2017.
In an effort to raise money, Kerrie and I will be walking the 8 mile section of the Belfast City Marathon in May. We had hoped to walk the entire 26 miles but unfortunately are not allowed to do so - and as neither of us are keen runners at the moment (watch this space - Kerrie is training!) we decided to sign up for the walk this year.
Rocks n Rituals (my own small business) has decided to make NICHS its charity of the year and as such Kerrie and I will be undertaking more charity events throughout the year including a sky-dive - more on this will follow later!
In the meantime if you can spare a few pounds for this worthy cause then please dig deep and support us as we raise funds and awareness for Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke Association.
Did you know that everyday in Northern Ireland 13 people will suffer a heart attack and 10 will have a stroke? My father went out to sing at a church meeting back in 1989 and didn't come home - let's fight this horrible condition together by funding NICHS as they support people living with heart, stroke or respiratory illness and help fund their research into better medicine.