Heart bypass Bath man kayaks 125 miles for charity
High cholesterol and two heart bypasses are not stopping a Bath man from kayaking 125 miles to raise money for charity.
Mark Warburton, 28, a former King Edward’s School pupil, has a rare form of high cholesterol called familial hypercholesterolemia.
Despite having two heart bypasses and other operations on his arteries he is fighting fit, and is taking on the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race in aid of HEART UK, a cholesterol charity.
Thanks to the charity’s drive for young people who have FH in the family to be tested, Mark and his brother Mathew found out they had the condition early.
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Mark, who owns the Northey Arms gastropub in Box, said: “My father and my brother both have FH and I am determined to raise as much as I can to help in the fight to beat this condition.
“It’s relatively common and yet easily treatable and there are thousands of people in the UK who simply don’t know that they or their family are suffering with it.
“It’s vital that screening is undertaken by families of those who already know that they suffer with FH.
“This event is going to be a massive challenge but I’m looking forward to it – and where better to finish than opposite Westminster, where HEART UK have been lobbying recently.”
Mark, who is also raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, will be joined on the four-day event which starts tomorrow by his friend Andrew Clarke.
FH affects one in 500 people and when undiagnosed and untreated, sufferers have a much higher premature death rate from cardiovascular disease than the general population.
If untreated, around 50 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women with FH will have developed coronary heart disease by the age of 55.
HEART UK recently launched the FH Report at Westminster to argue that a testing programme was needed in England.
To support Mark visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/5gocanoeing.
Meanwhile, a consultant at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath has set off on his 2,600-mile kayak challenge.
Dr Martin Lee, 33, is paddling 2,600 miles in 100 days for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
He left Deptford, in London, on Sunday and is scheduled to finish at London Bridge at the end of July.
Follow his progress on www.martinkayaking.co.uk.