Doncaster couple tackle charity run to help heart charity

Collette and Andrew Masson.
Collette and Andrew Masson.

A Doncaster couple put their best feet forward to complete a charity run to raise cash for an organisation close to their hearts.

Andrew and Colette Masson tackled the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K in Sheffield’s Endcliffe Park to raise cash for Heart Reseach UK.

The Masson’s, from Maltby, ran in the event following their own lives being touched by the effects of heart disease.

Two years ago, Andrew, who suffers from Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome - a condition where the heart beats abnormally fast – contracted pneumonia and went into a coma.

While Andrew survived, his life-threatening illness has inspired himself and Colette to lead healthier lifestyles, with both stopping smoking two years ago, and more recently having taken up running.

Colette also took part in the event in honor of her grandad who died of a heart attack as a result of suffering from emphysema.

Speaking about why she and her husband are raising money for Heart Research UK Colette said: “It’s a charity that everyone can relate to - someone always seems to know someone that’s either had a heart attack, heart bypass or a heart condition, and also with Andrew’s condition any amount we raise will go to a good cause.”

Nearly 250 runners put on their trainers for the second annual event.

Olympic swimmer Ellie Faulkner and British and World Squash champion Nick Matthew opened the race in style.

Whether they ran, walked or pushed their way to the finish line, all those who took part did so to raise money for national heart charity Heart Research UK with all sponsorship money raised going directly towards supporting the Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grant scheme. A scheme that was launched to provide financial support to local community groups across the UK to encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles and to, ultimately, look after their hearts.

After the fun run, runners were greeted by their family and friends where they enjoyed a fun day out with a variety of free entertainment including a bouncy castle, face painting as well as a delicious Subway To Go lunch that was enjoyed in the family village.

The Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K series launched earlier this year in Cambridge with this being the eleventh of 12 events that will take place from May to September. Open to all ages and abilities the events are part of the Subway brand’s efforts to inspire families to live healthier and more active lifestyles.

Manaaz Akhtar, Regional Marketing Director for the Subway brand in Europe, said: “We are really grateful to each and every one of you who came along to Endcliffe Park and got involved in our Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K. “We are so thankful that local families came out in their hundreds to support this worthwhile cause and help us to achieve our commitment of encouraging families to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.”

Barbara Harpham, National Director of Heart Research UK said: ““We are thrilled to be working with the Subway brand once again to encourage heart healthy lifestyles for the whole family. We know first-hand the difference all of the sposorship money raised will make to the local community; not least because it will allow us to continue to fund heart health projects in and around the local area.”