Braunton man to zip down Canadian mountain for British Heart Foundation

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

Sunday, February 16, 2014
8:30 AM

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

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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.

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