Little Calum’s heart operation is just days away – so Dad, John, gives us an update on how the family are preparing for what’s to come.

This is the fourth open heart surgery for 11 year old Calum, but that doesn’t make it any easier for him and his family. Fortunately, they’re getting great support from Calum’s school and finding ways to keep each other strong.

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David thanks gym staff who helped save his life when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

73 year old David Little from North Dorset was preparing for a work out at his local gym when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Fortunately for David his gym, Fitness by Design, has a defibrillator and trained staff who assisted in restarting David’s heart. It was the first time the defibrillator had been used...
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David thanks gym staff who helped save his life when he suffered a cardiac arrest
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A couple celebrating 40 years of marriage are gearing up for a marathon charity car rally across Europe!

Will and Anita Harvey, from Pickhill near Thirsk, will take part in Benidorm or Bust, a four-day challenge for classic cars and old bangers.

They will complete the 1,400-mile trip in a 1993 Rover worth just £300!

The couple, who have four children, are raising funds for the BHF in memory...
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A beary exciting competition – can you name our furry friend?

Our cuddly new BHF Bear has just joined our team, but this poor little guy doesn’t have a name yet, so we need your help.

Comment below and tell us what you’d call this pawsome pal. If we pick your suggestion, you’ll win a very special goodie bag, filled with some koala-ty prizes!

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As Calum’s surgery draws closer, surgeon Professor Massimo Caputo speaks to Calum’s parents about what he’s going to be doing during the operation.

Last year a procedure to have a stent fitted proved unsuccessful, which is why he is undergoing surgery for the fourth time. For John and Nicola, this meeting is a chance to ask any questions they may have about the procedure.

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Read why Catherine is urging everyone to take part in Wear it. Beat it. next month.

55 year old Catherine Beck was diagnosed with Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). The condition led to a near-fatal heart attack in June 1999, just 10 hours before having a caesarean section with her only child Harry.

At that time, there was no research into SCAD and she knew no-one else with the...
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A marathon challenge in memory of a much-missed dad. Read this inspiring story.

Ivor Borkin had always been a keen runner having taken part in numerous marathons in a number of cities across the world.

Four years ago, Ivor and his wife were preparing to move to Peru when he collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest. Thankfully, two doctors and a cardiac nurse were on a run nearby and stepped...
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A marathon challenge in memory of a muchmissed dad Read this inspiring story
On the road again – the next part of Calum’s film.

As they make their way to a hospital consultation with surgeon, Professor Massimo Caputo, Calum and his family talk about how they’re feeling ahead of the operation.

Despite having already had three open heart surgeries, Calum is excited about what it could mean for his future.

Keep up with Calum’s journey at [ Bhf.org.uk Link ]
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69 year old George thanks the paramedics and shopping centre staff who helped save him when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

In December, George Walton had just finished his weekly Saturday morning cappuccino when he fell to the ground, having suffered a cardiac arrest.

Security staff at the Wiltshire shopping centre, Ian Pearce and Nigel Harrison, rushed to George’s side and carried out vital...
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69 year old George thanks the paramedics and shopping centre staff who
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Our volunteers have been at the heart of the BHF for over 50 years – volunteers like Louise.

Louise Butler joined us on work experience in 1998. She stayed on to volunteer then moved to a paid customer assistant role and is now an Area Manager.

Speaking about her work at the BHF, Louise said: “I am forever grateful to the people of BHF for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to...
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The Great North Run is the world's biggest half marathon, with more than 57,000 runners pounding the streets of Newcastle.

Join our team for this iconic run and help fund our life saving research.
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Take in some of the best sights around London in this popular 10k run - including Buckingham Palace, London Eye and the Millennium Bridge. It's suitable for everyone, and a great first-time running event.

Join our team of Heart Runners and help us run all over heart disease.
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Help us to run all over heart disease by taking part in the North West's biggest run festival. Follow the 10K or Half Marathon route through the heart of the city and pass some of the most famous landmarks in Manchester.
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Little Rosco was born with a heart condition. Now his great aunt is fundraising for the BHF. Read their story.

Rosco was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries – a condition where the two main blood vessels leaving the heart are swapped over.

At just 13 days old he he had an arterial switch operation to swap his position of his coronary arteries. Rosco hit difficulties recovering,...
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Little Rosco was born with a heart condition Now his great aunt
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Have you been affected by heart disease?

We’re looking for people to join our Heart Voices network to help shape our work based on your personal experience.

So far, Heart Voices members have been helping us decide what clinical research we fund, shaping our policy work on heart failure and much more.

Visit bhf.org.uk/heartvoices for more information on how you can have your say, including...
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Move over Paxman – Calum’s big sister is our new favourite interviewer!

As part of his film showing the journey to his fourth open heart surgery, Calum sat down with his sister, Elena, to talk about how he’s feeling.

Waiting for surgery can be stressful, especially for children, and Calum has mixed emotions about the big day.

Find out more about this amazing family and follow Calum’s story at
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Read about Adam’s inspiring kayak challenge in memory of the baby he lost to heart disease.

Adam Castleton’s son, Finn, was born with a heart condition in June 2015. Sadly he died just six months later.

Speaking about his son, Adam said: “Finn’s life was tragically short. But it is thanks to pioneering medical research that we got to spend time with him, getting to know him, and creating...
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Read about this fundraising superstar and her plan to break a world record this June!

Lana’s grandad suffered a heart attack whilst on holiday in October 2015. Although he survived, the 83 year old now suffers from severe heart failure and his heart can no longer pump blood as efficiently as it used to do.

The ordeal of watching her grandfather’s daily struggle has inspired Lana to fundraise...
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Read about this fundraising superstar and her plan to break a world record this June
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A special movie made by a special little boy – introducing Calum’s film.

Cheeky 11 year old Calum was born with truncus arteriosus; a rare heart condition which affects the two main arteries that supply blood to his lungs and body. He’s already had numerous operations and is now waiting to have his fourth surgery later this month.

Now he wants to show the world what it’s like to have a...
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Gary is taking on the Great North Run for the BHF in memory of his sister, Laura, who died from a congenital heart condition.

Laura was born with tricuspid atresia, meaning she only had three chambers in her heart instead of four.

In her lifetime, Laura had 17 heart operations to treat her condition, which included having a pacemaker fitted, and an operation by BHF Professor Sir Magdi...
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Gary is taking on the Great North Run for the BHF in
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