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Saying ‘thank you’ for pioneering heart surgery

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Saying ‘thank you’ for pioneering heart surgery

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A Moorlands woman has been cycling to raises funds for a national charity. Rose Sawyers had an operation on her heart when she was just ten years old at North Staffs Royal Infirmary in Stoke on Trent in 1960.

A Moorlands woman has been cycling to raises funds for a national charity.

Rose Sawyers had an operation on her heart when she was just ten years old at North Staffs Royal Infirmary in Stoke on Trent in 1960.

Six decades later, Rose has celebrated the 60th anniversary of her operation by raising funds for a heart charity.

Rose celebrated this occasion with a charity bike ride in the gym at EK Fitness in Cheadle, completing an amazing 600 miles, and raising around £600 for the British Heart Foundation.

Rose said: “Following retirement from a busy teaching career and active life I joined EK Fitness gym in Cheadle. Unfortunately plans to maintain fitness levels were put on hold due to Covid restrictions, as they were for so many others.

As we moved into November 2020 I decided that I had the perfect opportunity to make my return to the gym have real significance. That was because the date was a personal celebration of exactly 60 years since I had life saving heart surgery at the NSRI at the age of ten years – one of the first heart operations carried out within the city.

When the gym finally opened in May I had already contacted British Heart Foundation and discovered that they were due in July 2021 to celebrate their own 60 years of medical research to help others with life threatening conditions.”

Rose added: “Ellie and Kate at EK Fitness were happy for me to set myself the challenge to do 30 minute bike ride sessions with a view to completing a 600 mile target.

Initially with increasingly dodgy knees and too many years on my clock I kept the completion date open-ended. But that underestimated the marvellous interest and motivation I received from the staff and other members, many of whom discussed personal familiarisation with heart and respiratory problems amongst family and friends.

So although I started slowly I was soon encouraged to increase my efforts from five miles to over ten miles in a 30 minute session, helping me to complete my target by August 25.

Not only was the support verbal but many have generously sponsored me – raising almost a half of my present £600 total.

It is wonderful to have the chance to show my gratitude for my heart surgery by being able, with the support of so many people, to give others an equal chance of a long and hopeful happy life.”

Rose’s Justgiving fundraising page is still open if anyone wishes to sponsor her. Go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rosesawyers.

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