A grieving brother is backing a campaign to find a cure for the condition which killed his sibling on his 45th birthday.
Keen footballer Richard Fieldsend, from Rotherham, died from heart failure on May 10, after a heart attack in August last year left him struggling to walk even a few metres.
Now his older brother Andrew Kerrison, aged 49, of East Dene, Rotherham, is supporting the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts appeal to find a cure for the illness.
To raise money for the campaign, Rotherham – a designated heart town – is holding a Circle of Hope walk and fun run on Saturday, June 29, at 11am, which will be started by Andrew with Coun John Foden, Rotherham Mayor.
Andrew is proud to support the campaign for his brother, calling him a ‘real character’ with ‘an incredible determination to live’.
Andrew said: “He lived with the terrible effects of heart failure. He would get very breathless and felt he was struggling for air.
“Although he used to be football mad and he was very fit, after his heart attack it was a struggle for him to walk.”
Heart Towns is a scheme bringing together communities to volunteer and fundraise for BHF.
As part of the scheme, there are set to be public screenings of a film Richard made shortly before his death, highlighting the shocking effects of the disease on his life.
Andrew said he believed his brother would be thrilled about that.
Andrew said: “We are so happy to agree for Richard’s film to be used as part of the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
“I am sure Richard would want that.
“Richard was so proud to be an ambassador for the foundation, and I know that if he were with us he would agree.
Coronary heart disease is responsible for more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK – said to be responsible for more than 159,000 deaths per year.
Saturday’s event is free to enter. Entrants are invited to register from 10am on the day at Rotherham Visitor Centre on Bridgegate.