A WOMAN has completed a half marathon in memory of her uncle who died of heart attack aged 47.
Raphaella Philcox from Leamington raised £250 after completing the Bath Half Marathon for the British Heart Foundation in aid of the charity’s life saving research into heart and circulatory diseases.
The 21 year-old’s uncle Jo Philcox died in 2015. Jo was living in Melbourne with his partner at the time. Doctors said he had three blocked arteries which caused the deadly heart attack.
Raphaella said: “Losing Jo out of the blue and huge shock to my whole family, especially my grandparents. It was a horrible to watch them go through losing a son. Our family has a history of heart disease but it wasn’t until after Jo’s death we really became aware of it.
“Running the Bath Half Marathon was such an incredible experience, the atmosphere on the day was fantastic. It was a special occasion as my cousins were running as well, it was lovely to have the family there, I know Jo would’ve been proud of us.
“Knowing that I was running to help raising money for the British Heart Foundation’s life saving research, really spurred me on. I really want to help prevent what happened to Jo, and to our family, from happening to others.
“Hopefully the money I raise will help make a difference to the millions of people in the UK, living with heart and circulatory diseases, and help keep families like mine together for longer.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/raphaellaphilcox to sponsor Raphaella.