London Marathon 2018: Hornchurch headmaster running for charity that supported former pupil
PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 April 2018
Headmaster and CEO of the Hornchurch Academy Trust, Chris Hobson, was inspired to run the London Marathon after he was diagnosed with the same heart condition that a 12-year-old pupil died of.
Chris was shocked when he discovered a former pupil died in 2009 shortly after finishing a cross country run from familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), an inherited form of high cholesterol.
Two years later, Chris was diagnosed with the same condition. He said: “Myself, my brother and sister all had the test and even though I was the fittest and healthiest, my cholesterol was 9.7 and theirs was normal. I was a heart attack waiting to happen.”
Jules Payne, CEO of Heart UK added: “Heart UK has been campaigning for a national screening programme to help find FH. More than 90pc of people with FH don’t know they have the condition.”
To support Chris visit, uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChristopherHobson1