Big-hearted Andy set for BHF walk

A Somercotes man is hiking over 60 miles along the Pennine Way with the hope of raising £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) after losing his grandmother to an inoperable heart condition in 2011.

Andy Brace, 34, will commence the four day hiking challenge on Monday July 1 and cover 62.8 miles in total.

His grandmother, Toya Kee from Blackpool, sadly passed away in November 2011 aged 83 from an aneurysm in her heart.

Andy said: “I wanted to do something really challenging in support of the BHF because of the brilliant work they do, including research, funding heart nurses, professors and life-saving equipment in the community.

“I have survival training so feel confident of completing the hike in good time, safely. I will be walking and camping out across some of the highest peaks and roughest terrains, which is a little scary but exciting, and all for a worthy cause.

“The BHF can’t continue without people fundraising and volunteering; ultimately the money raised will help to save lives and benefit other families.”

Sophie Jardine, BHF Fundraising Volunteer Manager in Derbyshire, said: “We are extremely grateful to Andy for choosing to support the BHF as we really do rely on fundraising events just like this to continue with our work.”

To sponsor Andy please visit, telephone 07803 165608 or email