Peaks challenge in Laura’s memory

Sinead Hayes and Sarah Parkin
Sinead Hayes and Sarah Parkin
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A 26-year-old woman who lost her 36-year old sister to heart disease is taking on the British Heart Foundation Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge tomorrow in her memory.

Sinead Hayes and her friend Sarah Parkin are lacing up their walking boots to raise money for the BHF’s research into heart disease. They will have less than 12 hours to complete a challenging 24 miles and 3,000 feet of climbing up Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Sinead, of Rotherham, said “My sister Laura suffered a heart attack at the age of 35, she had two stents fitted and started to make slow improvements. Unfortunately she then started suffering with heart failure and was admitted to hospital on numerous occasions when finally her only option was for a heart transplant. Sadly a week before Laura was due to visit the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for further tests, she passed away – a week before her 37th birthday.”

Sinead continues: “Laura was a young, bubbly person who was full of life, which made it harder to come to terms with her heart attack and subsequent heart failure. The British Heart Foundation is a fantastic charity and the support that Laura and our family received from the Heart Nurses was invaluable. I am still shocked that my sister had a heart attack at such a young age.”

“We’ve been training almost every day, walking out in the Peak District as well as just going for walks after work. We have received great support and encouragement through our colleagues at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield and we’ve smashed our fundraising target – so far we’ve raised £426.” said Sarah.

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