Company director and fundraiser, Chris Mack is running, swimming and cycling the distance from Marble Arch in London to The Arc De Triomphe in Paris to raise money for babies born with serious heart conditions.
Chris’s challenge will see him running 140km, swimming 33km and cycling 300km during the month of October for Tiny Tickers.
Chris, from Ongar, decided to support Tiny Tickers, because his family has a long history of heart conditions. He says, “My grandfather died of a heart attack, my dad was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in his fifties, and has been on Warfarin ever since, and my friend was recently fitted with three stents. The importance of heart issues being diagnosed earlier in life has always been in the back of my mind and made me aware of how I treat my own heart.”
He continues, “When my niece was suspected of having a serious heart defect at birth, I saw what my brother and his wife went through, and it made me want to do something to help.
“I am committed to raising as much money as possible for Tiny Tickers and creating awareness of congenital heart disease (CHD). There are much bigger heart charities out there, but I love Tiny Tickers’ mission to improve the early detection of heart defects. Plus, as it is such a small charity, I know more of the money will be going towards the cause, rather than operational overheads.”
Chris’ company, Quad Corps, has selected Tiny Tickers as one of their four charities of the year. So far, Chris has raised just under £2000 in sponsorship for his challenge.
Tiny Tickers’ Head of Fundraising, Kym Kitching, says, “We are so grateful to everyone at Quad Corps for choosing to support Tiny Tickers and especially to Chris who nominated our small charity and is undertaking such a monumental challenge. Thanks to efforts like theirs we are going to be able to continue our vital work – raising diagnosis rates during pregnancy by training NHS sonographers; funding equipment that can help detect heart problems in newborns; and offering crucial support to families to help them cope with their baby’s condition and heart surgery. Thanks to people like Chris we will help many more babies with congenital heart disease across the UK.”