Nick Entwistle is supporting East Cheshire NHS Trust's Cardiac Rehab Walk
Young heart attack survivor urges walkers to take a hike for local cardiac patients
30 April 2016

A local man who suffered a heart attack aged just 26 is appealing for people to take a hike in aid of local heart patients and join Macclesfield’s Annual Cardiac Rehab Walk.

The walk will see participants both raise funds and help the health of their own hearts as they trek 6.5 miles along Middlewood Way on Sunday, May 15th. The event will raise money for East Cheshire NHS Trust’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Team – a team of healthcare professionals who help local patients recover from heart attacks and other cardiac issues when they leave hospital.

The Cardiac Rehab Walk was established a quarter of a century ago, inspired by a local patient who set himself the goal of walking from his home in Congleton back to Macclesfield Hospital as part of his recovery from heart treatment.

Over the years, the Cardiac Rehab Walk has raised thousands of pounds to purchase vital equipment to aid the Cardiac Rehab Team’s vital work. One patient who has benefited from the skills of the Cardiac Rehab Team is Nick Entwistle – a social media expert who also directed the video for the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir’s Christmas number one single.

Previously fit and healthy, Nick had a heart attack at the age of just 26 last year after playing football with friends. Now back to full health – partly thanks to the efforts of the Cardiac Rehab Team – Nick is urging local people to take part in the walk.

Nick said: “Having a heart attack at any age would be difficult to deal with at any age but at age 26 I felt like life was all over.

“However, after leaving hospital taking part in the Cardiac Rehab Team’s classes at Macclesfield Leisure Centre really helped me to rebuild my confidence and allow me to do things - like help build a campaign to get the NHS Choir to Christmas number one!”

Paula Spray, cardiac rehab co-ordinator, said: “The Annual Cardiac Rehab Walk provides a great, fun opportunity for local people to raise money for their local NHS services and boost their own heart health at the same time.

“The money makes a great difference to our work to get people fit and active again following heart treatment. Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest killers in the UK, and the money raised from this year’s walk will go a long way to helping the hundreds of heart patients we treat every year.”

After meeting at 9.15am, walk participants will be picked up by a coach from the car park of Tesco supermarket on Hibbel Road, Macclesfield, and taken to Nelson Pit Visitor Centre in Higher Poynton, from where they will walk back to Macclesfield. Staff from the Tesco store have kindly given permission for people to leave their cars there while they complete the walk.

The gentle sponsored walk is open to everyone. However, cardiac patients and their families are particularly welcome and turn out in strong numbers each year to walk alongside Cardiac Rehabilitation Team members.

The walk starts at 9.15am on Sunday, May 15th. For more information and to register please call 01625 663083 or email natalie.atkinson1@nhs.net

Now in its 26th year, the walk raises funds through ECHO – the official charity of East Cheshire NHS Trust