Transplant survivor walking from Thurrock to Southend today as part of 326-day, 5,000-mile charity trek

By YA Reporter in Charity

A CHARITY fundraiser is currently walking from Thurrock to Southend as part of a charity trek around Britain’s coast.

Heart transplant survivor Kieran Sandwell, 45, from Berkhamstead, arrived in Stanford-le-Hope yesterday and is expected to reach Leigh-on-Sea by this evening.

Throughout the weekend, he will continue on to Rochford.

Kieran is walking Britain’s coastline in a bid to raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation. The journey will take 326 days.

He has organised the trek ’to mark the end of his long battle with heart disease, after having a heart transplant eight years ago’.

Kieran had suffered from heart disease since age three, when he had to undergo open heart surgery.

He had a heart attack at 13, followed by two strokes in his 20s. By age 35, he was in heart failure and placed on the heart transplant register.

He said: “The inspiration for my challenge came to me around 25 years ago, but then I would never have been able to complete such an endurance challenge.

“It’s only thanks to my donor, the British Heart Foundation and NHS Blood and Transplant that I am able to make my dream a reality.

“My second heart has enabled me to do so much and I’m urging the public to help me support the British Heart Foundation’s groundbreaking research by making a donation.”

To support Kieran, visit www.atrailoftwohearts.com.

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