Take a hike, heart disease

14th October 2015

Only four weeks to go until the BHF's High Peak Winter Hike With nearly 1,500 people dying from coronary heart disease each year in Derbyshire, the British Heart Foundation is urging people in the local community to lace up their walking boots on Sunday 15 November and get behind the fight against the UK's single biggest killer by taking part in the charity's 21st annual High Peak Winter Hike.

In 2014, over 600 walkers took on the 17 mile trek and helped to raise over £42,000 for essential research to create a better future for the millions of people around the UK affected by heart disease. This year, the BHF is aiming to raise £50,000 with the help of local supporters. Whilst making every step count for the nation's heart charity, walkers get to take in the beautiful winter wonderland of Derbyshire which starts from Cromford Meadows and follows the line of the 19th Century Cromford and High Peak Railway between Parsley Hey and Cromford, passing Minninglow, Harboro Rocks, Hopton Incline and Middleton. Helen Wright, Regional Event Organiser for the BHF, said: -Thank you to everyone who has signed up to this event so far it's shaping up to be another fantastic year. For anyone else looking for a great Sunday activity next month, for just £20 you get to do something fun and challenging while making a difference to the lives of others at the same time. -Without the support of local people for events such as the High Peak Winter Hike, we cannot continue our vital work to improve the lives of the hundreds of people in the county who are affected every day by this devastating disease, so please show your support if you can. Across the Midlands, the BHF is currently funding over £14 million of research, has placed over 1,100 defibrillators and supports over 100 health care professionals. To join the fight today, call the events team to register on 0845 130 8663 or visit bhf.org.uk/highpeak. Alternatively, you can email the events team on events@bhf.org.uk

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