Stowmarket Striders back the My WiSH charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal

Mike Munson with some of the people who helped him when he collapsed at the Stour Valley Marathon, l

Mike Munson with some of the people who helped him when he collapsed at the Stour Valley Marathon, left to right, Debra Shaverin, Lisa Dalton, Claire Trott and Joe Naughton.Picture: STOWMARKET STRIDERS - Credit: Archant

Stowmarket Striders Running Club is backing the fundraising efforts of My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal.

The club is hoping their weekly summer trail runs will act as a boost to the campaign, which is aiming to raise £500,000 to complete a new cardiac centre at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

They take place every Wednesday evening over a five to six-mile countryside course, with a donation of £2 being made towards the charity.

The idea to raise money for the appeal came from Mike Munson, who co-ordinates the runs and has suffered a series of heart problems over the years which culminated in a double heart bypass in February at St George’s Hospital, in Tooting.

The 65-year-old, who lives in The Grove, Stowmarket, said: “It’s incredibly important to have the unit at West Suffolk as it is so awkward getting to other hospitals on public transport. For me I can walk out from where I live and just get on a bus to Bury.

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“I decided I wanted to help the appeal as it made sense to get as much done locally as possible as I remember the difficulty getting to Papworth when I was not allowed to drive.

He is now waiting to carry out his rehab course following his operation.

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He said: “At about 50 I was running a 10km when I noticed an amazing loss of energy. I had to be driven home as I was exhausted and was diagnosed as atrial fibulation (AF).”

Then in June last year he entered the Stour Valley Marathon.

“I was running reasonably well but at 24-miles I collapsed. I got up and was accompanied over a couple of styles but at 25 miles I collapsed face down. I had a further seizure in the ambulance and another in Colchester A&E,” he said.

“I was doing a 20 mile walk in Surrey, in February, when I collapsed and the defibrillator kicked in. I was taken to the Royal Surrey Hospital, in Guildford, had an angiogram and I had a double bypass at St Georges, Tooting, on February 22.”

Anyone who wants to take part can turn up at the venues, between 6pm and 7.30pm, available at more on the Every Heart Matters appeal visit

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