Sheffield family’s march in memory of sports-mad dad Paul

Paul Sherwin, who died of heart disease aged 50 in August 2014
Paul Sherwin, who died of heart disease aged 50 in August 2014
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A Sheffield family have raised £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of a sports-mad dad who tragically died of heart disease.

The family of Owls fan Paul Sherwin came together for a night-time walk around Dam Flask, Bradfield, with torches to light their way.

Friends and family take part in the Paul Light Walk, raising funds for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Paul Sherwin

Friends and family take part in the Paul Light Walk, raising funds for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Paul Sherwin

Paul’s ex-wife, Diane Sherwin, said: “Paul was a very fit 50-year-old.

“He played football for many Sunday leagues over the years and was a very keen Sheffield Wednesday fan. He also worked as a steward for them for a number of years.

“He loved going to the gym, bike riding, Thai boxing, scuba diving - you name it, he would do it.”

In April 2014, Paul was on his way home from work when he wad a heart attack. He had two stents fitted and was thought to be back to full health.

However, he sadly died while out on a bike ride on August 27, 2014, leaving two daughters, Leanne and Stacey, and a baby grandson, Harrison.

Diane said: “This has left his children, parents and sisters heartbroken as you can imagine.

“His eldest daughter, Leanne, also had to go through the painful task of walking down the aisle on her own at her wedding on December 30 last year.”

Paul’s cause of death was heart disease, which is thought to run in the family as his father had a triple heart bypass about 30 years ago.

The family therefore decided to support the British Heart Foundation in Paul’s memory - and chose to time their Paul Light Walk around the charity’s big February campaign.

Some 80 friends and family completed the walk on Sunday and are hoping donations will total some £1,000.

Diane said: “It was lovely. The sky was clear and full of stars lighting our way.

“We are hoping to make this an annual date for our diaries.”

The British Heart Foundation is the nation’s leading heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer.