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Colleagues of a man who suffered a massive heart attack at work have raised more than £1,600 for the people who helped him. Barbara Pugh, who is PA to the chief executive officer of campervan motor home manufacturer Auto-Sleepers, in Willersey, and her colleague Angela Gittus, organised the charity day on July 13.

About 35 people took part in a 10, 20 or 30-mile bike ride and 5K or 10K walk or run while and a further 100 turned out for entertainment, a barbecue and stalls at Willersey Recreational Ground afterwards.

The money, which is still coming in, will be split between for Midlands Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. The pair were spurred into action after their 56-year-old colleague Robin Clarke had a heart attack before Christmas while at work. But thanks to the quickthinking of first aiders on scene who started CPR before the air ambulance arrived, he is now on the road to recovery.

“It went very well,” said Mrs Pugh. “Everybody that took part enjoyed it. We’re hoping to break the £2,000 mark which I think we will. We’re very pleased.

“Angela and I put in a lot of effort with the organisation and it makes it all worthwhile when people say how much they’ve enjoyed it and will we do it again.”

Mrs Pugh said Mr Clarke, who managed to take part in the 10k walk on the day, is hoping to come back to work before the end of the year.

“Robin loved it and he thinks it’s a really nice thing we’ve done for him,” she added. “He was thrilled and thrilled also to be able to take part.”


Christopher Macgowan