Charity’s close to Rebecca’s heart

RUN FOR MUM: Rebecca Bradley is taking part in the Great North Run in memory of her mum.
RUN FOR MUM: Rebecca Bradley is taking part in the Great North Run in memory of her mum.

A CLECKHEATON woman is taking part in the Great North Run in memory of her mum who died of a heart attack aged 58.

Rebecca Bradley is competing in the run to raise cash for the British Heart Foundation as well as raising awareness of heart disease.

She said: “Three times more women die of heart disease than breast cancer but you hear more about cancer.

“My mum, Kathryn, died very suddenly on August 7, 2009, from a massive heart attack while out walking with my dad. There was nothing wrong with her – it was so unexpected. It was a complete shock to all of us.”

Rebecca, 35, said she planned to do the run last year but postponed it because she did not feel able to take part so soon after her mum’s death.

She said: “I just want to do it for mum because I miss her every day. And I want to raise awareness of the illness. You are always told to check yourself for lumps but they don’t tell you about heart disease.”

Rebecca said although she was not a natural runner she had been training and had been completing 10 mile runs in preparation.

She said: “I will get there even if I have to crawl to the end.

“Mum worked at Tesco in Cleckheaton for many years, and many of her work friends and colleagues are giving sponsor money. I’ve gone round my friends and colleagues and I have a tin which I will be shaking on a few Sunday afternoons to raise a bit more.

“My target is £500 and I have about £300 so far.”

She said her son Connor, eight, was very excited for her. She added: “He said he would come and do it and he would win – but I don’t think he realises how far it is!”

The 13.1 mile Great North Run takes place on Sunday in Newcastle.

To sponsor Rebecca, visit www.justgiving.com/rebecca-bradley0.