Kathryn tragically lost her husband Glen to heart disease caused by high blood pressure when he was just 39.
Now, Kathryn wants to encourage others to get a blood pressure check and supports our annual Know Your Numbers! Week. She has raised funds for our work.
In memory of Glen, Kathryn organised a local fun run at Queen Elizabeth School, which became an annual fundraising event in the community. Runners ran one, three or four miles in fancy dress at the Wakefield Healthy Heart Run during Know Your Numbers! Week 2009, an event supported by staff and pupils at the school.
The Mayor of Wakefield, the Rt Hon Heather Hudson, started the race, while Daddy Cool, the mascot of the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats rugby club helped to cheer on the runners. Staff from Fitness First in Wakefield were also on hand to offer free blood pressure checks.
We are delighted that the event raised more than £1,000 for us and would like to thank Kathryn for her tremendous efforts.
Why I want to raise awareness
Kathryn explains why she wants people to get a blood pressure check.
“I just feel it's so important to raise awareness about high blood pressure. We didn't know Glen was so ill because he had no symptoms. People don't realise how important it is to have your blood pressure checked regularly – but as my husband's case has shown, none of us should take anything for granted.
“I would encourage everyone to go and get a free, painless blood pressure check at a Pressure Station during Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers! Week.
“I don't want Glen's death to be in vain. If by raising awareness it saves someone else's life because they get checked out, then it's a worthwhile cause for me.”