KeraStraight founder Jez Barnett has announced that he will be running in the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The 26.2 mile race, which will be held on 24 April, attracts runners from all over the world and is regarded as one of the best marathon courses in the world, with organisers dubbing it “a historical jog around London”.
In 1998, Jez and his family suffered a devastating loss. His brother Michael had problems with a leaky heart valve, and despite receiving two life-extending operations from the world-leading Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub and his team at Harefield Hospital, Michael sadly passed away just six months after his last operation.
In Michael’s memory, and in thanks to the team who work tirelessly at Harefield Hospital to give families and loved ones more quality time together, Jez is raising money for this incredible, life-saving charity.
Fighting for every heartbeat
If you’ve yet to encounter the wonderful, inspirational work carried out by the BHF, their mission is to win the fight against cardiovascular disease and prevent people from dying prematurely. The BHF undertake cutting-edge heart research that makes a real difference to people's lives.
With 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK alone, the BHF funds thousands of UK-wide research projects that help in the fight against heart disease.