MAKE your mark in the fight against heart disease by walking the historic Hadrian’s Wall Hike.

Join more than 300 hikers and sign up to a nine or 15 mile walk on Sunday, May 20 to help fund the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving heart research.

Almost 5,000 people have completed the Hadrian’s Wall Hike for the British Heart Foundation over the past 14 years. In 2017, those who took on the challenge helped to raise over £67,000, which will go towards helping the charity better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory disease, which is the cause of more than a quarter (26 per cent) of all deaths in the UK.

Susie Roach, event manager at the BHF, said: “Challenging yourself to either the nine or 15 mile distances on our Hadrian’s Wall Hike is a fantastic way to support the nation’s heart charity, save lives and improve your own heart health at the same time. Plus, you will be taking in the sights of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walking in the footsteps of our Roman ancestors.

“By taking on this exciting challenge, every step you take will be helping bring us closer to beating heart disease for good. Our research has already helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory disease over the past 50 years, but there is still so much more to be done.

“Over 18,000 people in the North West die from heart and circulatory disease each year and 850,000 currently live with its burden. We urgently need the people of the North West to help us stop heart disease in its tracks and support us in our search for more lifesaving breakthroughs.”

The BHF relies on the generosity of its supporters, through fundraising events like the Hadrian’s Wall Hike. Entry fees are £25 for the nine mile route and £30 for the 15 mile route.

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