A Mytholmroyd man whose heart is positioned on the right side of his body is taking on the steepest challenge of his life.
Chris Hurst, 31, a teacher at Longroyde Junior School, who has congenital heart disease, is preparing to take on a 24-hour Three Peak Challenge in aid of Make a Wish charity.
Since he was born, Chris, who has undergone eight major surgery heart operations, has had a stent fitted to his left pulmorary artery; a stent to the occluded inferior vena cava; a Cavo Pulmonary Connection to redirect deoxegenated blood to the lungs and other serious surgeries.
As well as these life-changing surgeries, Chris has a condition which means that his heart is on the opposite side of his body and complex congential heart disease.
Despite his health conditions, having already beaten the odds, Chris has decided to fulfil a childhood dream of his by giving back to Make a Wish, after they granted him a wish as a young boy to be the mascot for Oldham Athletic for a football game against Sheffield Wednesday.
“I am looking forward to the challenge and raising money for such a great cause.
“I want to give back because I was luckily granted my own wish when I was younger.
“Due to my heart problem and poor circulation it will mean I will have pains in my legs and thighs through the walk because of a lack of oxygenated blood.
“I will also be short of breath due to my heart not working as efficiently as normal hearts but I am determined to do it.”
After taking advice from his surgeons on completing the walk, Chris and his family will do the walk in 24 hours, instead of 12, and he will shorten the route by cutting out the walks in between the climbs to ease pressure on his heart.
The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge is set at Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
Chris has raised over £470 so far. For more information on Chris’s walk and how to donate, view www.justgiving.com/Chris-Hurst3.