After three years of running and a heart condition in the family, one of our supporters, Karen West, has decided to take on the London Marathon. Hear Karen's story:
I have been running for just over 3 years and have completed two half marathons, and various 5k and 10k races but I wanted a real challenge so entered the ballot for London marathon never imagining I would get a place!
Last year my brother was diagnosed with a heart condition, and a few years before my dad also had a heart problem which involved me seeing a defibrillator being used in real life by paramedics (who in no doubt saved his life) as his heart had stopped.
I am lucky that they have both made a full recovery, and that's what made me want to raise money for a heart charity, and when I read in the local newspaper about Heartstart Thatcham and the installation of defibrillators in the local community I knew I had to get involved and raise money for them as you never know when you might need to use one or save a life!.
You can support Karen via her JustGiving page. Heartstart Thatcham teaches Emergency Life Support skills and also raise money to allow the team to purchase defibrillators which are then placed into the local community. Since August 2013 the team have trained more than 850 people and since October 2014 installed 39 defibrillators.