A dad who suffered a sudden heart attack has completed a sponsored 10k run to thank hospital medics exactly a year to the day since his collapse.
Nigel Timperley, aged 49, was rushed to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with crippling chest pains just after returning from a family holiday to France last September.
Staff at the hospital helped Nigel get back to fitness, so the self-employed energy consultant decided to take on the 10k challenge, collecting more than £1,000 for Sheffield’s cardiac unit.
Daughter Chloe, 23, joined him on the run, while his brother Peter, 48, who lives in Dorset, set off on a run of equal distance at exactly the same time.
Nigel said: “The first night in hospital was my lowest point but it’s also the moment when my life began again. I decided to run, and I decided to marry.
“I proposed to Alison, who is now my fiancée, and amazingly, given that I couldn’t have looked a very promising prospect at the time, she accepted – and we are getting married in 2015.”
Nigel, who also has a younger daughter Rose, 20, added: “I remain completely indebted to the wonderful staff at the Northern General. I want all the money I raise to go into cardiac care there, because they’re doing vital, life-changing work.
“Everyone played a part, from the consultants to the cleaners. There was a real sense of positivity. They all knew they were doing something wonderful.”
The dad, from Walton in Chesterfield, was inspired to run after speaking to a cardiologist at the hospital who told him about a former patient who completed a marathon two years after having a heart attack.
Ruth Block, fundraiser at the Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said: “It’s amazing to see Nigel looking so fit and well and running such a distance just a year on from his heart attack.
“We’d like to thank him for raising over £1,000 which will go towards helping other local patients like himself.”
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