Hailsham man runs for 24 hours non-stop

Paul Henderson, who will be running on a treadmill for 24-hours to raise money for a heart attack charity SUS-150212-172702001
Paul Henderson, who will be running on a treadmill for 24-hours to raise money for a heart attack charity SUS-150212-172702001

A man from Hailsham will run on a treadmill non-stop for 24 hours to raise money for a heart attack charity.

Paul Henderson, 30, is taking on the challenge after his friend and training partner Jacqui Lane had a heart attack during a regular training session.

A keen endurance runner, Paul hopes to raise money for his friend with a 24-hour treadmill run at Freedom Leisure in Hailsham – the same gym where Jacqui collapsed.

Paul said, “A few months back my training partner collapsed and suffered from a heart attack, despite her showing no signs of illness and being fit and healthy. Luckily the staff at Freedom Leisure were quick to respond at the time and I am very grateful for their support.

“Jacqui’s heart attack really opened my eyes and after talking to a lot of people I realised how common heart problems are, particularly in the young.

“I’ve taken on a few outdoor 24-hour running challenges before but by doing this particular event I hope that I can help raise awareness and vital funds for the charity which helped support Jacqui through this difficult time.

“By doing this particular event I hope I can help raise awareness and vital funds for the charity which helped support Jacqui through this difficult time.”

Paul will be raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young with his run in the cafe of Hailsham Leisure Centre on December 11.

The centre is operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Wealden District Council.

On the day, Freedom Leisure will be offering free health check-ups and two other treadmills will be available for anyone wishing to take part.

“We are proud to be supporting Paul as he takes on this challenge and we’d like to wish him the very best of luck,” said leisure centre manager Nicole White.

“Unfortunately every week at least 12 young people in the UK die suddenly as a result of an undiagnosed heart condition. This challenge is about raising awareness as well as generating vital funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young and we hope to see many from our local community come down to the centre to show their support.”

For more information and to donate visit {www.justgiving.com/PaulHenderson24hr |www.justgiving.com/PaulHenderson24hr}

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