Kieran Sandwell’s 5,000-mile trek aims to raise £100,000 for life-saving research
Berghaus is supporting a heart transplant patient who is walking around the coast of Britain to raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving research. Kieran Sandwell, 45, from Hertfordshire, is taking on the challenge, called ‘Trail of Two Hearts’, to mark the end of his long battle with heart disease after having a heart transplant eight years ago. Berghaus has supplied Kieran with some of its latest kit and invited him in to meet the team as he passed through the North East.
After setting off on Wednesday 1 February from the British Heart Foundation office in London, Kieran Sandwell’s journey has so far taken him over 500 miles, as he has made his way up the east coast of England. He was welcomed to Berghaus’ global HQ in Sunderland by the company’s brand president, Richard Leedham. After meeting members of the team, Kieran was given a tour of the building, including Berghaus’ product and materials testing lab, for an insight into how the company developed some of the gear that he is using on his walk, including the new Hillwalker GORE-TEX® jacket that has been keeping him dry since February.
Kieran Sandwell is calling on the public to support him on his journey by helping him raise £100,000 for the BHF’s life saving research, and bringing new hope to the seven million people like him living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK. In Tyne & Wear where Berghaus is based, over 136,000 people are living with heart and circulatory disease. You can sponsor Kieran by visiting www.atrailoftwohearts.com and read the interview he gave to the Berghaus website here.
Kieran Sandwell comments: “It was great to meet the team at Berghaus. The kit that they design has proved to be invaluable during my walk and with such a long way still to go, it’s going to get a great deal of use as I continue. Walking is such a brilliant way to maintain a healthy heart, so it’s really good that Berghaus is supporting my challenge and I was very pleased to hear about some of the fundraising that the company has already done for the British Heart Foundation, through events such as Valentine’s Day coffee mornings.”
To support Kieran on his journey and find out how you can get involved to help save even more lives visit www.atrailoftwohearts.com