Leicester daredevil to set pulse racing in charitable sky dive

Posted by kg198 at Feb 23, 2017 02:00 PM |

A Leicester daredevil is set to make her pulse race by jumping out of a plane to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Kel GreenKelley Green, who is a senior administrator from the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) at Glenfield Hospital, will embark upon her “heart-stopping challenge” in March.

The 37-year-old thrill seeker said: “My sky dive will raise money for the British Heart Foundation, which fund many of the research studies within the unit.

“It’s a hugely important charity because it’s helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK.”

Kelley’s own family have been affected by heart problems with her father receiving stent treatment and her father-in-law having passed from a condition involving blocked arteries.

She added: “He passed away years ago, which was very sad. However, he would probably have survived the condition had he become ill now, because treatment has moved on so much.

“Sadly every day hundreds of people are still losing their lives. BHF research can help create new treatments and discover new cures.”

The NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital is a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Unit Manager Dr Martin Batty said: “We are hugely proud of Kelley and we’re all getting behind her. We felt it was rather fitting that someone who works for a heart research centre has chosen to be part of such a heart-stopping challenge.

“We wish her lots of luck and hope she manages to raise lots of money for the British Heart Foundation.

The NIHR BRUs are focused on translational clinical research, taking new ideas from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside to improve health.

The NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular BRU at Glenfield Hospital harnesses the power of experimental science to explore and develop ways to help prevent and treat cardiovascular conditions.

The BRU is one of 20 units around England funded by the NIHR, the research arm of the NHS.

The BHF was founded in 1961 with the aim to fund pioneering research that paved
the way for life-saving treatments.

Kelley will complete her sky dive on Saturday, 25 March in Nottingham. She can be sponsored here: https://www.justgiving.com/Kelley-Green

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