Lindsay-Kay Leaver, 30, is a Cardiac Adolescent and Transition Clinical Nurse Specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. She supports thousands of teenagers with heart conditions as they move from the very supportive environment of paediatric care into adult services where they need to take more responsibility for their own heart health and medical appointments.
Learning to run was a frustrating process (I started off not being able to run for more than 30 seconds...) but immensely satisfying (that runner’s ‘high’ is, in my eyes, unbeatable!) Soon enough I was running three times a week and ready to take on a charity run.
If this months’ iconic London Marathon has inspired you to take up running but you don’t fancy starting with a 26 mile challenge, then why not run or jog up to 10k around some of London’s iconic landmarks and green spaces and help the fight heart disease at the same time.
Last Thursday evening I had the great pleasure of sitting on the judging panel of the Barnet Regional Final of the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge. I found the experience to be mesmerising, inspirational and a timely reminder as to why we should nurture and value our youth as the ambassadors of the ”Better Tomorrow” that we all so frequently advocate and dream about.