Braunton man to zip down Canadian mountain for British Heart Foundation

08:30 16 February 2014

Ian Mortimor-Jackson (right) hands over the cheque to British Heart Foundation

Ian Mortimor-Jackson (right) hands over the cheque to British Heart Foundation's Owen Penney.

Archant

Employers have kicked off the 70-year-old’s fundraising with a £2,000 donation.

A BRAUNTON man will be zipping his way down Whistler Mountain in Canada in aid of the British Heart Foundation in May.

Ian Mortimore-Jackonson, aged 70, is planning to undertake the challenge while visiting his family in Canada and has had a boost from his employers, Perrigo.

The Perrigo charitable foundation was so impressed with Ian’s ambition they have kicked off his fundraising with a £2,000 donation.

Ian chose the charity BHF because his wife Valerie has severe heart failure – a condition which affects more than 750,000 across the UK.

Owen Penney, fundraising manager for BHF Devon and Cornwall, said: “Living with severe heart failure is a constant fight for life.

“Every year, thousands more families have to watch the people they love struggle with the distressing symptoms. Until now, there has been no hope of a cure. No way to mend a broken heart.

“But with recent advances in regenerative medicine, repairing a damaged heart is a realistic goal. Mending Broken Hearts is the most ambitious research programme we’ve ever carried out.

“We are delighted that Ian is taking on this challenge and wish him a wonderful and safe experience.

“We know this is very personal to him and hope that many of your readers will support and sponsor him with his quest.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Ian can do so at www.virginmoneygiving.com/IanMortimore-Jackson.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:40
The Pride in Ilfracombe winners with their awards and Mayor, George Squires. Picture: Sam Scott

Unsung heroes and heroines of all ages step forward at the Pride in Ilfracombe Awards.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:39
Barnstaple will see in 2015 with a fireworks display, it has been confirmed.

Firms stump up the cash to help town see in 2015 in style.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:46
The pups in their new home

Wildlife and Dinosaur Park team up with RSPCA to help seal pups

Read more
Yesterday, 11:39
Kevin Carlyle’s festive lights display in Springfield Road, Bickington. Picture: Submitted

Festive display pulls in the crowds – and donations for air ambulance.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Subscriptions
Reader travel
Advertise
Photo Orders
Competitions
Facebook
Twitter
North Devon Football League
North Devon Gazette E-edition

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition
North Devon�s trusted business finder