Nicky puts best foot forward to run heart disease out of town

By James Parker

LAST year Nicky Goodwin’s brother-in-law Simon Gay was one of the 42,000 Britons under the age of 75 who suffered fatal heart failure.

But keen runner Nicky, from Grasscroft, is determined to find a positive from the situation so is taking on the Great Manchester 10k Run in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

She hopes to raise money to “help the BHF prevent such a tragedy happening to other families”.

So Nicky, who works at Strachan’s Chemist in Uppermill, has spent the last few months training for the run on May 19 by herself as well as with one of her daughters, Rachel.

“Simon would have supported me and would have been waiting on the finish line with a sausage butty,” said Nicky.

While she has already exceeded her goal of raising £200, Nicky welcomes further donations for the charity in memory of Simon, who suffered a heart attack aged 59, and to help others.

She added: “It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures.

“£24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps.”

Donations can be made online through Nicky’s Just Giving page: or in person at Strachan’s Chemist, 7 New St, Uppermill, OL3 6AU.

For more information about the British Heart Foundation visit their website

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