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#whyIhike for the Cardiac Ward at the RUH – Alex’s Story

Alex Hinder

Alex Hinder from Bristol is getting ready to take on the enormous challenge of hiking across the Canary island, Fuertuventura, on a long-distance trek called ‘GR131’, which will add up to over an amazing 100 miles in just 8 days starting on the 2nd of December.

Alex is doing the challenge to raise vital funds for the hospital after suffering from three heart attacks and a stroke, then having a heart bypass and stent fitted. Alex said: “Now more than ever, it’s important to stay active. I know this from all the conversations I had with consultants, doctors, nurses, even my family and friends who keep reminding me to keep active and keep going it will only help me and my heart. It’s so easy to give up when things don’t go your way, but whenever we have to face these sort of problems, I like to look at it as a challenge to keep believing, keep fighting and more importantly keep going.”

Alex has completed a few long distance hikes in preparation for this challenge, first one being the ‘Two Moors Way’ distance of 102 miles, and the second one being the ‘Coleridge Way’ distance of 52 miles. His health condition now means he needs all the support and help he can get as he knows it essential to pulling off a hike like this.
But, thanks to the massive support of his brother, who is a very experienced hiker, he is taking the lead with planning the routes, booking the accommodation and most importantly acting as his right-hand man and safety net throughout the whole challenge.

Katie James, Senior Sister on Cardiac Ward said “The staff on the Cardiac Ward really appreciate and admire our supporters. They are simple amazing and the money they selflessly raise helps improve the patients stay whist on the ward. Our supporters are really important as the money they raise helps us to buy equipment that adds to patient’s safety and comfort. This is really important for our patients especially during covid time as it is a stressful and worrying time for all, and anything to improve their stay is vital to us. Thank you so much Alex and good luck with you challenge.”

Alex is an inspiration to us all by is setting himself a big challenge and trying to prove that anyone can achieve their goals, no matter what you have been though. Alex added: “I’m doing this solely for two reason, one to raise some much-needed funds for the Cardiac Ward who has quite frankly saved my life more than once! And to hopefully be a small inspiration to others.”

Choosing to fundraise to say thank you to the hospital is a really personal and amazing thing to do and we’re very proud to have Alex as one of our supporters!

If you would like to show your support to Alex you can make a donation on his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alex-hinder