A MAN who underwent a life-saving quadruple heart bypass in Liverpool has signed up for a charity 5k colour dash and family fun day to raise money for the hospital that saved his life.
As a ‘thank you’ to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (LHCH), Colin Robinson, aged 54, is set to take part in the hospital charity’s second ‘In Living Colour’ run and is calling on others to join in the fun.
Whilst taking part with his wife Andrea and daughter Lydia, Colin hopes to raise valuable funds to support the work of the specialist heart and chest hospital, one of the largest in the country, where he was operated on in August 2016.
Colin discovered the problem after experiencing breathing difficulties for several months. After being admitted to his local hospital, he was diagnosed with heart failure and was referred to LHCH to undergo major heart surgery.
Colin, who works as a Tesco CCTV operator in Warrington, said: “It was a worrying period of time for all the family, but my surgeon, Mr Mark Pullan, was fantastic.
“Thanks to his skill and the rest of the team, I came through the operation successfully and then a week later I was able to have an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) fitted as well with my cardiologist Dr Jay Wright.
“The level of care was second to none and I’ll never be able to thank them enough for giving me my life back.”
During Colin’s 9 days in hospital, he spotted posters in the hospital for the charity’s annual In Living Colour event. Although he knew he wouldn’t be able to take part in last October’s event, he immediately set himself the goal of taking part this year, and then decided to make it a family outing.
He said: “My family and I just want to show our gratitude for everything that the hospital has done. It also sounds like lots of fun.
“It’s a perfect way for us to show our thanks, raise as much money as possible and we can’t wait to have a great day out getting covered in paint!”
The LHCH Charity ‘In Living Colour’ 5k family fun run, will, this year, be raising funds for the hospital’s robotic surgery programme. It is taking place on Sunday 8th October in Stanley Park, Liverpool. For more information or to book a place, visit www.lhchcharity.org.uk or call the charity office on 0151 600 1409.
If you would like to sponsor Colin, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/colin-robinson17