Survivor Claire in good heart for jog

runBS''2010 Santa jog.
runBS''2010 Santa jog.
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CITY centre streets will be a sea of red and white as people don Father Christmas outfits for Sheffield’s annual Santa Jog.

The run, which starts at 11am tomorrow from Tudor Square, supports the British Heart Foundation.

Last year, 400 people braved bitter conditions to raise £5,000 for the charity.

This year, hopefully in better conditions, 42-year-old Claire Taylor will be amongst the runners.

Claire, from Woodseats,, was diagnosed with severe heart disease three years ago, aged 39.

After undergoing a heart by-pass operation last year, Claire is celebrating a successful 2011. She was married in April and saw her daughter Karla graduate last week.

Claire became involved with BHF after she was diagnosed with coronary artery disease.

“When I was diagnosed, I was devastated,” she said.

Claire underwent two stent operations, which involved inserting tubes into the affected arteries to keep them open.

But the procedure was unsuccessful and she underwent a heart bypass operation in March 2010.

She said: “Something like this affects your family and I think it’s hard for them because they don’t have any control over what’s happening.”

Her husband Michael, 41, said: “It’s amazing what she’s had to go through and I have got a lot of admiration for how she’s dealt with it all.”

Claire, who works as a personal assistant with Sheffield Health and Social Care, added: “Having had this experience has provided me with the opportunity to volunteer and support this worthy cause.

“I am now living my life and want to help those affected by this disease.”

Mike added: “I’m looking forward to running round dressed as a Santa. “It should be fantastic.”

Registration for the run opens at 9.30am - and places are still available. Call 01623 624558 to sign up.

■ A separate Santa jog is being held tomorrow at Weston Park for charity Amy’s Retreat.

The 5km event is the second held by the charity this year - after last Christmas’s event was postponed to March due to the snow.

Entry fee is £10, including Santa suit and all funds raised go towards helping families who have children with cancer. Registration is from noon at the University Arms, Brook Hill, and the race starts at 1pm.

Call Gabrielle Latham on 07891 609119 to join in.