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Thank you to all our Santas!
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who ran in the Santa 5k Fun Run in London. Your hard work helps to fund our life-saving work.
Below we celebrate the fundraising achievements of just a few of the runners who braved the cold and rain on our behalf:
Islington resident Fran O’Leary (left) and her friend Caroline Doidge (right) ran in the Santa 5K Fun Run for the Blood Pressure Association
Islington woman raises £800
Islington resident Fran O’Leary was joined by her Stockport-based friend Caroline Doidge to run the Santa 5K in Greenwich Park.
Fran, aged 29, chose to run in aid of the Blood Pressure Association because she was diagnosed with high blood pressure last year. "When I was first diagnosed with high blood pressure I was really shocked as I was just 28, exercised regularly, ate well and I didn’t smoke. I didn’t realise that someone like me could have high blood pressure,” said Fran.
“Luckily for me I found the Blood Pressure Association, which helped to answer the millions of questions I had and really reassured me. That’s why I have chosen to support this charity.
“I want to thank everyone who has sponsored me. So far I’ve raised over £800, including a very generous donation from UPP, a London-based company which provides student accommodation.”
Zainab and Billie Khan ran in Santa suits to raise much needed funds for the Blood Pressure Association
Coventry sisters raise £250 to celebrate a new lease of life
Coventry sisters Zainab and Billie Khan braved the winter weather to run 5K through Greenwich Park. Their fantastic festive effort was made in support of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, a cause very close to their hearts.
Zainab suffered a brain haemorrhage and chronic renal failure 12 years ago, which are complications of high blood pressure. She battled through 10 years of dialysis, receiving treatment four times a day, before receiving a kidney transplant at University Hospital Coventry in 2007.
Since her transplant Zainab has had a new lease of life and has been determined to get fit and help others. “Many people are unaware that high blood pressure is a major risk factor for health problems such as kidney disease, so it’s vital to raise awareness of the condition, and that’s why I’ve chosen to support the Blood Pressure Association.
“I’m living proof that good health can prevail, and I make sure I look after my bood pressure with a well-balanced diet and lots of exercise.
“So far Billie and I have raised £250 and I’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored us, particularly Dr Edmunds’ transplant team and the medical staff at the University Hospital Coventry.”
Their efforts make our work possible
Mike Rich, Executive Director of the Blood Pressure Association said: “We’d like to thank Fran, Caroline, Zainab and Billie for their support of our charity and congratulate them on the excellent achievement of running five kilometres in full Santa suits and beards!
“Funds raised from events like the Santa 5K make a huge difference to the work our charity can undertake, helping us to offer more people advice on managing their blood pressure, and so prevent stroke and heart attack.”
If you would like to support our work by taking part in a fundraising event, please click on the links to the right of this page.