Sunderland stroll for heart charity

Just a few of the voulnteers that took part in the Seaburn Stroll to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Just a few of the voulnteers that took part in the Seaburn Stroll to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

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THE founding member of a healthy heart charity on Wearside will be remembered once again at an annual walk.

Volunteers will hit the pavements near Sunderland’s seafront, on September 8, for the Seaburn Stroll, in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The walk has been going for more than 15 years, but is now also held in memory of the Sunderland branch’s founder, Jim Clark, who died three years ago.

Cash generated will go towards the foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, which is hoping to cure deadly heart failure.

The illness affects more than 750,000 in the UK, and hundreds of thousands of more pounds are needed towards the appeal.

Michael Roper, of Pennywell, is encouraging as many people as possible, both young and old, to support the cause.

In 2012, generous walkers raised £2,000.

Secretary Michael, who started suffering from his own heart problems more than 15 years ago, said: “Last year we managed to raise more than £23,000, which was down to the exceptional support and generosity of the people of Sunderland.

“This was done with just nine volunteers.”

As well as appealing to fund-raisers to sign up for the two-mile walk, which takes place on Sunday, September 8, starting at 10.45am, Michael also called on those looking to get into volunteering to contact the branch.

“We are in desperate need of more volunteers to continue this fund-raising,” he said.

“If anyone wants to get involved we’d be pleased to hear from them.”

For more information about the walk or to join the Sunderland branch of the BHF, call Michael on 534 2767.

On the day, registration for the Seaburn Stroll starts at 10am.