Saffron Walden woman aims to put her best foot forward in 40 mile walk for heart foundation charity

PUBLISHED: 09:48 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 April 2018

Yvonne Feekery will be walking 40 miles in a dragon costume. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Yvonne Feekery will be walking 40 miles in a dragon costume. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A 60-year-old woman from Saffron Walden will be walking 40 miles in a day to raise money for the British Heart Foundation after her husband suffered a heart attack and received a life-saving triple bypass.

Yvonne Feekery wants to donate to the “wonderful” organisation which helped her husband, Steve, and others who have serious heart conditions.

She said: “By donating to this wonderful organisation you would be helping so many people get their lives back and also help with more research into our wonderful, hard-working piece of machinery that keeps us going. After all, without it we are nothing. I’m lucky to reach 60, some people don’t make it here.

“I want this to be something that says ‘wow, that is a distance’, I’ve done 30 miles, but I’ve never done 40 miles.”

Yvonne’s husband had a heart attack at the age of 46 when they were on holiday in Benidorm, but it was only confirmed when they returned to the UK because he did not have the usual symptoms.

When her husband had surgery, Yvonne said each of the six people in the ward had completely different signs of a heart attack.

She said: “Since the surgery, he’s walked up Snowdon, also climbed Ben Nevis. It’s given him a new lease of life. He has got a lot of determination. If we could put a little bit of money back into the British Heart Foundation, then that’s my way of saying ‘thank you’.”

On April 6, at 6.45am, Yvonne will be leaving from her front door in Saffron Walden to walk through Newport, Quendon, Ugley, Stansted, Bishops Stortford, Spellbrook, Sawbridgeworth, up to the Gates roundabout in Harlow, before turning right and walking along the industrial estate to Go Outdoors where she will turn around at the 20-mile mark and head home.

She said: “This is to help raise funds for the British Heart Foundation as so many close family members, friends, children and babies known to us, have had different types of life threatening heart difficulties, some have become survivors, others, sadly not.

“Funds raised could assist train young students, help for future research, plus so much more.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/yvonne-40milewalkingday.

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