Heart attack survivor takes BHF mascot on whirlwind tour of Europe to fight heart disease

27 August 2015        

John Wilson

John Wilson, 55, from Burnley has cycled over 2,000 miles from his home town to Corfu with our mascot “Artie Beat”. 

The former police officer took on the 26-day challenge to help support our new campaign, Raise Funds Your Way. He hopes to raise around £7,000. 

"I was the least likely person to have a heart attack"

John said: “I was climbing Scafell Pike when suddenly my whole body seized up and I had pain in my chest and my left side. It was so frightening as it came completely out of the blue. Being a keen cyclist, I thought I was the least likely person to have a heart attack. But it can happen to anyone at any time.
 
 “It’s changed my life in a huge way. The BHF really helped me get through, that’s why I was determined to do something really different and give something back and show the world I wouldn’t be beaten yet. 

“You don’t have to bake cakes or run marathons to donate, you can do anything and make a real difference.” 

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