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Isle of Wight man runs the length of England to raise money for heart charity

A man from Cowes has taken on the 874-mile challenge to raise money for a heart charity that helped his baby niece.

41-year-old Steve Richmond completed the Wessex Heartbeat Land’s End to John O’Groats virtual challenge in a year of walking and running.

Combining daily running and long walks with his miniature dachshund Charlie, Steve completed two Southampton Half Marathons, the Great South Run, the Needles Half Marathon and the Derby 10k.

He aims to raise £1,000 for a local heart charity that provided vital support to his family after the birth of his niece, 15-year-old Liana, who had a life-threatening heart condition. .

Wessex Heartbeat supports the families and work of the Wessex Cardiac Unit based at Southampton General Hospital.

Isle of Wight Distribution General Manager Steve said:

“This has been my biggest challenge to date and I am thrilled to have accomplished it. I often choose the charity Wessex Heartbeat.

“Coincidentally, my fundraiser ended when Liana was getting ready for the next stage of heart care. Preparing for further surgery and knowing the mental and physical challenges I face at such a young age spurred me on the run.”

Liana was born at Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton after being diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot and absent pulmonary valve syndrome.

Within her first three months of life, Liana endured three major surgeries before spending the next four months in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital.

Living on the Isle of Wight and not getting the level of heart care they needed, Lyanna’s parents, Michelle and Tony Hough, were faced with the difficult decision of who could stay in a PICU ward in Southampton. “Single parent only” policy.

However, the family was soon introduced to Heartbeat House in Wessex Heartbeat. This is a 25-bedroom ‘home away from home’ service to the families of patients being treated at the Southampton Heart Center by providing a quiet haven just two minutes from the hospital. Home.

Michelle says:

“Heartbeat House has made a huge difference for us during this difficult time as it allowed us to stay together as a family during Leana’s treatment. A big thank you to Steve for his tireless efforts to accomplish this feat.”

Over 2,811 families from across the Wessex region use the home each year, bringing the total operating cost of the facility and all bedrooms to approximately £87,000 annually.

John Munro says:

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to Steve for his wonderful fundraiser. As Wessex Heartbeat celebrates its 30th anniversary, we are grateful for the support from former patients and their families who have benefited from our services over the years. The thing is heartwarming.

“Cardiac care has changed a lot since Liana first joined us and we are proud to be at the forefront of these developments. With our supporters, 1992 Since then we have raised over £16 million and have been able to make significant improvements to the Wessex Heart Centre.

“Our 3D heart modeling software is transforming the way heart surgery is performed on children in this region.

“This technology supports clinicians at Southampton University Hospital by encouraging less evasive and more precise preoperative planning for surgery in children with congenital heart disease. It’s really amazing.”

To donate to Steve’s fundraiser, visit https://www.justgiving.com/.Fundraising/Stephen Richmond

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