Sheffield patient shows big heart for fundraising walk

A 27-year-old Chesterfield woman who has undergone six heart operations is taking part in the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Chatsworth Walk.'Claire Delahay and her mum, Janet, both of Dronfield, are lacing up their walking boots to give something back to the nation's heart charity. Chatsworth House was also the favourite place of Claire's father, Ron, who died in May, aged 61 at Weston Park Hospital, in Sheffield.'Pictured are Claire with Janet and Ron.
A 27-year-old Chesterfield woman who has undergone six heart operations is taking part in the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Chatsworth Walk.'Claire Delahay and her mum, Janet, both of Dronfield, are lacing up their walking boots to give something back to the nation's heart charity. Chatsworth House was also the favourite place of Claire's father, Ron, who died in May, aged 61 at Weston Park Hospital, in Sheffield.'Pictured are Claire with Janet and Ron.
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A HEART patient who has gone under the knife six times is one of hundreds of people putting their best feet forward for charity.

Claire Delahay, aged 27, who was born with the rare heart abnormality Tetralogy of Fallot, has signed up to the British Heart Foundation’s Chatsworth Walk.

Claire, from Dronfield, has undergone six operations since being diagnosed with the condition.

The first was carried out when she was just three years old to widen her narrowing pulmonary valve.

Last year the nursery nurse needed an emergency procedure at Leeds General Infirmary after suffering a serious episode of ventricular tachycardia - a fast, abnormal heart rhythm.

Despite suffering from tiredness due to her condition, Claire is determined to complete the seven-mile trek to raise cash for the charity, accompanied by mum Janet Delahay, also of Dronfield.

Claire said: “When I was growing up, I always became exhausted quite quickly and even now, I find myself easily tired out due to my condition.

“I often think that all of this can’t be happening to me as I am so young, but it is. This why it means so much to me to take on this challenge as it is so important to raise awareness.”

The feat is made all the more poignant by the fact that Chatsworth House was the favourite place of Claire’s father, Ron, who passed away at the age of 61 in Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

Claire said: “This event is something that I want to do for me, to give something back and for my dad.”

The Chatsworth Walk is on September 24. Participants can choose between routes of four, seven or 10 miles round the stately home.

For information visit www.bhf.org.uk/chatsworth, email northwestwales@bhf.org.uk or call 0800 169 3672.