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London Marathon 2023 Runner Andy Richardson

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

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I know that having my mum and dad there to cheer me down the final 0.2 mile distance on the Mall will be awesome.

Seven Years ago, Andy Richardson's family became aware of Wessex Heartbeat after Andy's dad had a cardiac arrest whilst at home. He was very lucky to get quick CPR and AED application from the paramedics who attended the scene. Andy was well aware of the likely recovery from a community cardiac arrest and had been directly involved with the treatment of a work colleague a few years previously in very similar circumstances. Fortunately both his colleague and his dad survived.

Andy Richardson

Andy's Dad subsequently spent a significant length of time in intensive care at Southampton General Hospital and it was then he and his family discovered the amazing facility, Heartbeat House run by the charity but never forgot how the House and charity had helped his family cope throughout his dad's cardiac journey.

Despite being a runner, my preferred distance is a 5km park run, so it was with some trepidation that I agreed to run in the London Marathon for Wessex Heartbeat. However, I know that the money I raise will help to continue to save lives by supporting the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General and supporting families whose loved ones are undergoing heart surgery, by providing a 'home from home' at Heartbeat House. I also know that having my mum and dad in London to cheer me down the final 0.2 mile distance on the Mall will be awesome.

You can donate to Andy and raise money for Wessex Heartbeat as he takes part in the London Marathon, without leaving the comfort of your own armchair here. Thank you.

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