South Shields dad’s walking mission to raise funds for heart charity

British Heart Foundation charity walk, Dave Emmerson
British Heart Foundation charity walk, Dave Emmerson
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A South Tyneside father is putting his best foot forward to reassure other heart attack victims that life isn’t over.

Dave Emmerson will embark on a range of walks throughout the borough to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

I want to show people that life isn’t over when you have a heart attack.

Dave Emmerson

The 63-year-old will be heading out daily with his camera to capture his month-long fundraising journey.

He hopes by posting his images and writing a blog it will encourage others there is life after a heart attack.

The father-of-four from Pedders Way, South Shields, suffered a heart attack five years ago and has three stents fitted. He continues to suffer from angina.

He said: “When it first happened I was in shock. I thought it was heartburn but the pain started to get worse, an ambulance was called and the next thing I know I was at the Freeman Hospital.

“When it happens you’ve got two options, you can let it ruin your life or you can not let it beat you and go on and live your life.

“I have a passion for photography so when I saw the post on Facebook about the British Heart Foundation Walks, I thought I could would be a good idea and I could link in my photography with raising funds through walking.

“I also want to show people that life isn’t over when you have a heart attack.”

The British Heart Foundation funds research into fighting heart disease as well as provide up to date information on prevention.

Dave’s walk to save lives fundraising drive will start on April 1 until April 30.

To make a donation to Dave’s fundraising drive visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dave-Emmerson1