A MOTHER of two with an inherited heart condition has decided to give back to a charity that has supported her by walking the London Marathon – as running would be far too dangerous.
Tina Amiss of Bracewell Avenue, Greenford, suffers from a type of cardiomyopathy which affects heart muscle cells and leads to irregular heart rhythms.
The 46-year-old physiotherapist will stroll her way to the finish line on April 25, to raise money for the Cardiomyopathy Association, who over the years have been incredibly supportive to her and the family.
With backing from her 10-year-old son, Alexander, 13-year-old daughter, Conah, and husband Peter, she hopes to cross the finish line in under six hours.
Mrs Amiss said: "This is the first time I am doing the marathon, although I have supported it for many years. I wanted to raise money for the charity and awareness and have a unique experience. I am excited and looking forward to it. It will be a great day out."
Tina who is a trustee of the charity was diagnosed with the condition in 1994, before which she had to be brought back to life by her fire-fighter husband on two occasions. Since 2002 after she went into cardiac arrest, she was fitted with an internal defibrillator (ICD) that paces her heart if it becomes irregular and in serious circumstances when a dangerous rhythm develops, shocks her heart.
The life-saving piece of machinery has already saved her life three times.
The condition she suffers from is known to be the biggest cause of sudden death in under 35s, but when it is found and treated, most people are able to lead a long and full life.
Tina said: “Since having the ICD I have been able to return to doing light work at the gym and skiing but I am not allowed to do competitive or exhaustive sport. I have received so much support from the Cardiomyopathy Association that I decided I wanted to put something back. Through walking the London Marathon I am hoping to make more people aware of the condition and the work of the charity."
Tina who works at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow is walking the race with friend, Alison Hill, a 45-year-old fellow physiotherapist from St Albans. The pair hope to raise £3,000 for the charity and are almost up to the halfway mark, with nearly £1,200 in donations.
They have been training for the past five months doing a combination of short and intensive walks of four and a half hours plus, and estimate to complete one mile will take between 12 to 15 minutes.
Tina added: “I am hoping to finish in under six hours – at least before the street cleaners start work. Training is going slowly but surely.”
To sponsor them go to www.justgiving.com/TINA-AMISS
Acton man ups his game for the marathon - page 2
A KEEN half marathon runner has stepped up his game and will join thousands in the gruelling race to drum up cash for a disability charity.
Juan Quesada, of Bromyard Avenue, Acton has spent years participating in 13 mile runs for numerous organisations but this time wanted to do something more demanding – the 26.2 miles London Marathon.
The 34-year-old's inspiration to run is two-fold; a chance to help a cause that aims to assist disabled people to achieve a comfortable level of independence, and secondly to attain a personal goal.
Mr Quesada said: "It’s not only a personal challenge but a great way of raising funds for a fantastic charity. Livability enables disabled people to have the freedom to enjoy life, knowing how important this is makes me determined to complete the course."
For the past three years he has been a support worker for Asphaleia working in Ealing and Uxbridge on outreach programmes supporting young people.
Juan will be running with two friends on April 25, and the trio are organising a car wash, barbecue and club night to raise funds. They have been intensively training for seven months including running daily at 6.30am and on most days two hours at the gym.
Now they need your backing to help reach their joint target of £5,000.
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