Great Manchester Run 2017 – Raising Money for the British Heart Foundation

CPS Engineer takes on Great Manchester Run 2017 for Charity

The 10k Great Manchester Run on 28th May 2017 takes place in the city center and every year is very well attended by participants and thousands of spectators. This year is predicted to be the biggest one yet, with 10 “music zones” along the course, with DJs and live bands, to give all the runners a boost.

CPS Service Engineer Paul White, is undertaking the Great Manchester Run to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, a charity which is very close to his heart.

In 2013 Paul’s daughter Ruby underwent major open heart surgery to repair two holes in her heart.

Ruby’s Story:

Ruby was diagnosed at 18 months old after a trip to A&E with two atrial septal defects in her heart and was monitored until the age of 5 at which point the holes in the walls of her tiny heart had grown to 12mm and 13mm and had to be closed by way of open heart surgery. 

We were booked in to Alder Hey Children’s hospital on the 11th November just 3 weeks before her 6th Birthday. 

As you will see from the photos below, Ruby was not phased one little bit by her surgery, the same could not be said about her mother and I!  

Throughout the whole experience Ruby remained upbeat and pleasant and the Nurses took a shine to her as she never complained. 

Ruby went into hospital on the Monday, the operation took place on the Tuesday and she was discharged on the Saturday with the operation having been a success!

None of this would have been possible without the valuable research into heart health that the British Heart Foundation do and of course the amazing surgeons who carry out these procedures.

The British Heart Foundation continue to carry out invaluable research and support development in advances to heart health. With coronary heart disease being the UK’s single biggest killer your support is needed as much as ever. For over 50 years the BHF has pioneered research that has transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. But so many people still need help – from babies born with life-threatening heart problems like Ruby to the many mums, dads and grandparents who survive a heart attack and endure the daily battles of heart failure.

If you would like to contribute to Paul’s fundraising goal please click HERE.

All the team at CPS wish Paul the very best of luck and we will all be supporting him as he takes on the Great Manchester Run in May.