Heart attack survivor from Knaresborough urges residents to help fund vital research after mistaking chest pains for ingestion

Rory Stanbridge.
Rory Stanbridge.

A heart attack survivor from Knaresborough is urging residents to take on the British Heart Foundation’s MyMarathon challenge to help fund life-saving research.

Rory Stanbridge, 70, was rushed to hospital after mistaking chest pains for ingestion while he was working at a conference for chartered surveyors in London 18 months ago.

Rory is now fighting fit again, and ran the length of a marathon over just one week in May, raising £1,200 for the British Heart Foundation.

He said: “It was only when the surgeon showed me what my heart was like before they operated that I realised how serious it was. It made me realise how close they were to losing me. I just burst into tears and thanked the paramedics for all their help because they didn’t think I would make it.

“My wife Joyce was in Harrogate at the time, and she was panicking. I don’t smoke, I’m not overweight, and I’m relatively healthy so it just shows how heart disease can affect anyone. That’s why the British Heart Foundation's research is so important, and why I took in the MyMarathon challenge.

“I felt really chuffed to have completed it in such a short time, but it was all the people who sponsored me which spurred me on. I’d encourage everyone to take on the challenge, because now everyone can say they’ve run a marathon and the money you raise will help make a difference to so many people.”

Anyone signed up to the MyMarathon challenge complete it in their own time - whether it is over four hours, four days, or four weeks.

More than 30,000 people took part last year, raising over £1 million for the charity.

To find out more or to sign up for the MyMarathon, go to: www.bhf.org.uk/mymarathon