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Brave Collier Row mum to climb Yorkshire Three Peaks despite heart condition

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 August 2017

Amanda Armitage, and her children Daniel and Emily climbed Snowdon to raise awareness of cardiac screening. Picture: Amanda Armitage

Amanda Armitage, and her children Daniel and Emily climbed Snowdon to raise awareness of cardiac screening. Picture: Amanda Armitage

Amanda Armitage

A mum-of-two who spent seven hours battling the elements with her children to climb a mountain, is now set to tackle three peaks.

Sporty family, Amanda Armitage and her children Daniel and Emily at the Brentwood 5k run in 2015. Picture: Amanda Armitage.Sporty family, Amanda Armitage and her children Daniel and Emily at the Brentwood 5k run in 2015. Picture: Amanda Armitage.

Next month, Amanda Armitage, 36, of Collier Row, is due to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks, to raise money for national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry).

Last year she climbed Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak, in 80mph winds with son Daniel, 13, and daughter Emily, nine, raising more than £1,000 in the process.

“With this challenge I will not be taking my children as Snowdon last year was such a battle,” she told the Romford Recorder.

The charity is dear to Amanda as her brother, Ronnie, died in 2008 after a sudden cardiac arrest, and she was diagnosed with a heart condition.

She lives with a device – implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – in her chest, which would resuscitate her should her heart stop beating.

“Snowdon was absolutely horrific to be honest, we tackled 80 to 90mph winds on what was the worst day of the year late September,” she said.

“Knowing the children and I had raised £1,300 from family and friends and to keep my brother’s memory alive, was what kept me going.

“It was an emotional climb as I felt I couldn’t go on at certain points with the weather conditions we faced.

“It made me tearful but I knew I had to show my children that when we come across obstacles with challenges we give it our all and we do it together as a team. And that’s what we did. We conquered it.”

Amanda hopes to conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 10 to 12 hours.

“This is going to be an even bigger challenge.

“As you can imagine I will need to concentrate on getting through the 12 hours.”

According to Amanda, at least 12 young people die in the UK every week from undiagnosed heart conditions.

She encourages people aged between 13 and 30, to take advantage of free screenings that are available – visit c-r-y.org.uk for details.

“Living with a heart condition has never stopped me living my life and has only made me a stronger more challenging young lady who continues to raise money in the attempt to help others,” she said.

To help her raise cash for the charity click here.

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