PCSO runs from the heart to help research

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), for Barnsley town centre, Katherine McFadzean is running the BUPA Great North Run to help a Yorkshire-based heart charity as her father and grandfather prepare for major heart surgery.

The 27-year-old wants to raise as much as she can for Yorkshire-based national heart charity Heart Research UK to help researchers find important new treatments for heart disease.

Katherine has been running since she was ten-years-old and has already completed seven half marathons including four previous BUPA Great North Runs.

Her father John McFadzean is awaiting an operation to correct aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve. Her grandfather is also having a heart pacemaker operation and because heart disease runs in her family she decided to run for Heart Research UK.

Katherine said: "I'm happy to do what I can to raise money for research into heart disease. I'm more nervous about the event this year as I know every penny counts. I'll be contacting my friends and family and my parents' friends as well to raise as much money as I can.

"I love running the Great North Run as the atmosphere is so good. It never seems like you are running 13 miles as the crowds carry you around the course. This will be my fifth time and I am so pleased to be doing it for such a good cause."

The event will take place on Sunday, 16 September and Katherine hopes to complete the run in about two hours and has set herself a target of raising £500, but is hoping to exceed that figure. You can support Katherine's fundraising efforts by visiting her Just Giving page at:

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