Seafront walk to raise money for children with half a heart

Adrian Walker with his son J-P, who died from HLHS. Picture taken in August, 2001.
Adrian Walker with his son J-P, who died from HLHS. Picture taken in August, 2001.
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A COUPLE who lost their baby son to a non-correctable heart condition are supporting a run to help other families in the same position.

Heidi and Adrian Walker’s son Jean-Pierre (J-P) died aged just four months after he was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) at a 24-week pre-natal scan.

HLHS is a non-correctable heart condition, also known as half a heart, and the run being held on Sunday (May 13) will raise money for Little Hearts Matter, a charity which supports children and their families with such conditions.

Heidi, 48, of Westcourt Place, Worthing, said: “I want to get as many people as possible out running for Little Hearts Matter. The charity has been alongside my family since Jean-Pierre was diagnosed with half a heart over 11 years ago.

“For us, personally, we are delighted to give something back to a charity that has helped us so much at critical times.”

The run or walk will take place on Worthing seafront over a 10k or 5k course, and all the money raised will support the organisation’s work in supporting families across the UK. Adrian, 50, will also be taking part.

To take part in the run or walk, or to sponsor those that are involved, visit www.lhm.org.uk or call 0121 455 8982.

For more on this story, see this week’s Worthing Herald, out now.