Governor Chris in marathon effort after heart surgery

Stars of Peterborough United and NHS help him step out on first leg of 26 mile challenge 

Governor Chris in marathon effort after heart surgery
07 September 2016

Four weeks ago, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust governor Chris York lay critically ill in a hospital bed after suffering a massive heart attack.

But thanks to the support of staff from CPFT and other local NHS organisations he has staged a remarkable recovery and has begun a marathon quest to raise £5,000 for charity.

The 55-year-old is aiming to walk 26.2 miles during September in aid of the British Heart Foundation. He completed the first mile by walking round the pitch at Peterborough United’s Abax Stadium with the help of friends, those who had cared for him, and Posh players Chris Forrester, Hayden White and Brad Inman.

Chris said: “I am very fortunate to have survived my heart attack. Walking this marathon is just my attempt to do something to show my appreciation to everyone at the NHS – at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough City Hospital and Papworth Hospital - and raise money for the British Heart Foundation so it can continue to fund much-needed research.”

Posh captain Chris Forrester said: “He’s undergone a massive operation and it must have been tough, but he seems in good spirits so we wish him all the best in reaching his target.”

When he first felt unwell, Chris, a businessman and chair of Farcet Parish Council, took himself to the accident and emergency department at Peterborough City Hospital.

The grandfather of six said: “I had a pain in my neck and what felt like a cramp in my shoulder. I knew the pain I was experiencing wasn’t right which is why I went to hospital. But I never suspected it was a heart attack and I was amazed when doctors told me.”

From Peterborough City Hospital, Chris was transferred to Papworth Hospital where he underwent a life-saving triple-bypass operation.

Since being discharged back to his home in Stanground, he has been cared for by the coronary heart disease team at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, the community care and mental health provider

Led by specialist nurse Debbie Beales, the team provides a range of services including advice about diet and exercise together with psychological support to help people rebuild their lives and prevent further coronary problems in the future.

Debbie said: “We are very proud of Chris. He has really embraced the lifestyle changes he needed to make to reduce his cardio vascular risks and have a better quality of life for longer. I am amazed at what he is doing - it’s really great.”

After he completes the six-week programme, Chris will be referred to the cardiac rehabilitation team at Peterborough City Hospital where he will take part in a number of exercise sessions and continue to rebuild his heart function and physical fitness. He will also get to talk to other people who have also suffered heart attacks.

Iona McAllister from the cardiac rehabilitation team said: “Chris is an inspiration to all of our patients and he has embraced his recovery programme in a way that I am sure many others will want to follow.”

On his first mile round the London Road pitch with the three Posh players, Chris was joined by Debbie and Iona along with family members, friends and representatives of the British Heart Foundation.

Nigel Cole, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire fundraising manager for the British Heart Foundation, said: “What Chris York is doing is fantastic especially as it is so soon after his operation. Chris is living proof there is life after a heart attack and his efforts will raise vital funds to ensure research continues.”

To donate to Chris York’s fundraising drive click here


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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