ORGANISERS of a charity walk are urging the public to show heart by signing up for the event.
With less than one month to go until an army of fundraisers put their best foot forward for the British Heart Foundation’s annual Chastworth Walk, the charity has issued an appeal for last-minute volunteers to take part.
Around 80 people have already pledged to don their walking boots and take on the four, seven or 10 mile routes around the stately home on Sunday, September 23. People are being urged to sign up by Thursday, September 20.
Those taking part include Claire Delahay, aged 27, from Dronfield, who was born with a heart abnormality.
Claire, a nursery nurse in Sheffield, has signed up with her mother in recognition of the life-saving medical support she has received throughout her life.
She has undergone six operations, most recently in April when she had the batteries in her Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator - a heart rhythm monitor - replaced.
The occasion will have an added sense of poignancy as she will also dedicate her fundraising efforts to the memory of late father Ron who passed away in May.
Claire said: “To be able to cross the finish line will be a very proud achievement that I simply cannot wait to share with the friends and family I shall be with, along with people who will have been in familiar unfortunate circumstances.
“I can do this and by overcoming each hurdle one day, and one step at a time, I can continue to do more for the British Heart Foundation.”
n Visit www.justgiving.com/ClaireDelahay4BHF to sponsor Claire. For more information visit bhf.org.uk/chatsworth, or call 0800 169 3672. It costs £12 to register.
n New forest at Chatsworth: see page 14.