Former patient completes 10k for cardiac service

Posted on: 13th June 2019

Neil Stone, 48, ran the Woodhall Spa 10k earlier this month for the North East Cardiac Rehabilitation Service.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), runs the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service in Lincolnshire, which brings together a wide range of advice and support including, medical treatment, education, counselling/psychological support, exercise advice and healthy eating.

Neil, from Coningsby, completed the scenic course in 1 hour 6 mins and said: “I wanted to give something back to the service that helped me get back on my feet and supported me through my recovery after suffering a heart attack in 2015.

“The last couple of years were challenging with multiple angiograms and angioplasty, resulting in six stents being inserted. But, with the help of the whole team my life has changed so much for the better.

“I’ll always be grateful to the lovely staff at County Hospital Louth, who made my experience of the service pleasurable.”

Alison Bunn, a Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist, from Louth said: “It is great news, that Neil is fit again and really shows that cardiac patients can make a full recovery.

“We are extremely grateful that he has thought of us in his fundraising effort.”

The money raised will go through the Trust’s charity; Charitable Funds. This is an independent charity that plays a vital role in supporting LCHS to make a difference to patient care. Charitable Funds supports innovative projects to enhance services and facilities that would not be funded by the NHS.

Neil’s fundraising money will be used to enhance services and facilities in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service.

Philip Jackson, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee said: “It is fantastic to see satisfied former patients channel their energy into fundraising to give back to the NHS.

“Our charity is here to help the Trust provide the best care possible for our patients.”

Neil, who works as an RAF Full Time Reservist, has raised £600 so far and his fundraising page neilstoneeverybeatcounts is open until the end of June, if you would like to donate to this worthy cause.