Taking the plunge for Dad
Published 10 Jun 2012 15:00 0 Comments
A TEACHER will be keeping her dad's memory alive as she takes the plunge on Father's Day to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.
Victoria Blore, from Slough, will join the British Heart Foundation's Weymouth Bay Swim on Sunday, June 17 - her first Father's Day without her dad.
The 38-year-old's father, Howard, survived a major heart attack 25 years ago, but died in November, aged 68, following heart complications.
The teacher at Wexham Court Primary School said: "The whole family feel very lucky that my dad survived his first heart attack and had a fantastic, fulfilling life up until November. We are all truly grateful to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for all the research it funds into heart disease.
"As the Weymouth Bay Swim is on Father's Day this year I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to remember my dad and to raise money to help other dads and families who are suffering from heart disease.
"As it's also the same day that would have been my parent's 45th wedding anniversary it has given me even more reason to take part in his honour."
More than 700 swimmers are expected to join the charity mile-long sea swim raising thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation. Miss Blore has already raised more than £400 and is hoping to reach £800. Hannah Carling, event organiser for the charity, said: "Sadly Victoria is just one of thousands of people who will be spending Father's Day without their beloved because of heart disease.
"The loss of a loved one is always devastating and I hope that Victoria's story inspires others to sign up to the event in memory of the ones they have lost."
To sponsor Miss Blore, visit virginmoneygiving.com/vblore or to sign up to join the charity swim visit bhf.org.uk/Weymouth or call 0800 169 3672.
This article appeared in Local Berkshire 08 Jun 12