Walkers Wear it Red to raise funds for British Heart Foundation
Published on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
People who use the city council’s Heart Smart and Active Lifestyle schemes are preparing to get active to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Wear It Red Leicester is an annual fund-raising walking event, and this year takes place on Saturday 24 February.
The event is always held in February to support the British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month.
Walkers – who are encouraged to wear something red – will set off from leisure centres on led walks ranging from one and a half to four miles. They will then converge on Town Hall Square from around 2.15pm.
Participants – many of whom have heart conditions – will be wearing something red in support of the British Heart Foundation.
Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health, said: “Heart problems in Leicester are higher than the national average. Something as simple as walking or cycling can do a lot to improve your general health and wellbeing.
“Events like these help to raise awareness of the significant dangers of heart disease, as well as the important work of the British Heart Foundation.”
About 200 people participated in last year’s event, raising more than £2,500 for the charity.
The city council’s Heart Smart and Active Lifestyle schemes are designed to help people who are at risk from, or already have, cardiovascular disease. They help people who wouldn’t normally exercise to take their first steps towards becoming more active, in a supportive environment where they can get specialist advice.
Last year, more than 4,900 city residents were referred to these schemes by their doctors.
Kanachau Kotecha, a participant from Spence Street sports centre, was one of them.
“I’ve lost so much weight, I feel fitter, my confidence has grown tremendously and I’m so much happier within myself,” he said. “I’m really glad I made these changes.”
Participants will receive a certificate and a medal on their arrival in Town Hall Square, marking their achievement.
For more information on active lifestyles, visit leicester.gov.uk/activeleicester