...Making life better for Yorkshire Heart Patients


Helen Kurdyla

Even though it’s been nearly 3 years since we lost our beloved Bob Ashton on, 23rd November 2009, we will never forget the immense support and care of the Take Heart charity at Leeds General Infirmary. This year 2012, I am going to run the London Marathon for the Take Heart charity and the fabulous work that they do.

Bob AshtonThis year I have been lucky enough to get a ballot place to run the London Marathon (which means there is no minimum financial limit to qualify for the run) and so I am able to run for Take Heart, to do a little bit towards the amazing people that put so much time and energy into such a worthwhile charity.

My family truly could not have coped without the support of Take Heart and the facilities that they provide people going through the trauma of having someone they love being so critically ill. The relatives’ bedrooms are crucial for people not living close to the hospital. To be able to stay near to their relative and not have the stress of travelling long distances is one less pressure to deal with. The roof-top garden on the Jubilee Building is a wonderful sanctuary, where Jackie and Charlotte often sat to collect their thoughts. The charity took such great care of my sister and niece: I thank all the volunteers for everything that they did for my family.

I have been running now for 5 years. I wanted to be a bit healthier and have an interest. I love to run. It gives me a sense of freedom. This will be my 3rd London Marathon. I also ran the Great North Run for Take Heart in 2010. I feel so lucky to be healthy and proud to be running for Take Heart. I have great memories of Bob as I was very close to him and I want to make sure that this event is joyous and positive; to give back to those who give so much to so many.

On 22nd April 2012, I will cross the finish line of the Virgin London Marathon with happy memories of Bob as he is never far from our thoughts.

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