Tracey puts her heart into charity’s hike

Tracey Hammond, who is doing a Peak District hike in aid of British Heart Foundation. Photo: SG131012-163TW
Tracey Hammond, who is doing a Peak District hike in aid of British Heart Foundation. Photo: SG131012-163TW

When 40-year-old Tracey Hammond signed up for the British Heart Foundation’s High Peak Winter Hike she was remembering her uncle who died less than a month after finding out he had a heart condition.

She hoped that by strapping on her hiking boots for the 17-mile trek along the famous Peak District trail she could raise money for the charity’s vital work.

But days after receiving her sponsorship forms for the event on November 18, Tracey, of Winsover Road, discovered another reason to support the good cause.

Tracey, who suffers from asthma, has just discovered she has a heart murmer and an irregular heartbeat and is now undergoing more tests.She said: “It really brings it home.”

Her uncle Graham Mills died, aged 63, in 2008. He was only diagnosed after a family member took him to hospital with chest pain and shortage of breath and was told he needed an urgent transplant.

Tracey said: “He got weaker and weaker and no suitable transplant was found.

“The surgeons did all they could for him under the circumstances, but with great sadness, he went into a coma for a few days until he slipped away.

“In memory of the truly beautiful person he was, never harming a fly and so generous and loving, I will always do what I can for the BHF to help save lives and encourage awareness of heart disease.”

To sponsor Tracey in her efforts go to her Just Giving 
page at www.justgiving.com/Tracey-Hammond.

Places are still available for anyone else wishing to take part in the High Peak Winter Hike next month.

Organiser Gizem Fowler said: “It is fantastic to have Tracey’s support. I am sorry she is taking part under such sad circumstances, but I hope her story inspires others.”

For more information go to www.bhf.org.uk/highpeak