A heart transplant patient raised money for vital charity and completed a half marathon.
Robbie Burns, 50 from Twyford, traveled 13 miles from Winchester to Southampton to raise money for Wessex Heartbeat.
It is the region’s leading heart charity providing essential support and funding for the cardiology department – and its patients – at Southampton General Hospital.
Robbie raised an incredible £ 8,000 and was joined by his wife Tamsin, cardiologists Katrijn Jansen, Peter Cowburn, Aisling Carroll and 90 other walkers.
He said: “The Southampton Cardiac team have played a huge role in my life over the past 25 years, both as a heart patient and in the various roles I have held within the department.
Robbie was born with a transposition of the large arteries and interventricular communication (a congenital disability that meant that the two main arteries carrying blood out of his heart – the main pulmonary artery and the aorta – were put in place)
After two open heart surgeries as a child, Robbie was in relatively good health for many years.
But in 2015 his health started to deteriorate and in 2019 the Southampton team diagnosed with end stage heart failure and referred him to Newcastle for transplant evaluation.
After a difficult year, Robbie was added to the urgent transplant list, receiving the all-important call for the operation in June of last year.
Robbie said: “Although it was a long and very hectic recovery, I feel stronger now.
“And it was thanks to the support I received from the Southampton Cardiology Department and Wessex Heartbeat that I was able to complete this special fundraising walk with my wife and other supporters.”
John Munro, Managing Director of Wessex Heartbeat, said: “Robbie’s story is truly inspiring, and to hear that he has taken on such a gigantic task for our charity is overwhelming.
“Our top priority is to ensure that heart patients and their families are treated with the best possible care and support, and without the donations of our incredible supporters, we would not be able to provide this vital aid to the community. ”
Robbie still accepts donations, so if you would like to contribute, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walkwithrobbie