I ran the Vitality 10000 on 27 May 2019 as a supporter of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
My young niece, Natasha Kaur Coomeraswamy (nee Sandhu) died on 21 September 2018 at the age of 31 from a sudden cardiac episode. She was a medical doctor and just recently married. A lively spirit with boundless energy, positivity and talent. She has been a heavy loss for our family and we are devastated, as all CRY families are, from the sudden loss of someone so precious.
I am not a natural runner and have never run in an organised race before. I wanted to do something positive in order to try and raise funds and awareness for CRY. I am a partner at Lawcomm Solicitors who are also raising funds for CRY as their sponsored charity. The 10K race was hard work but a thoroughly enjoyable day made great by the warmth and encouragement of all of the runners and supporters. I was particularly thankful to the CRY team who were strategically positioned at the 8k mark to cheer us on just as the legs were starting to ache and stiffen!
Natasha would have approved of me doing something. Her own spirit was about decisive action, having fun, helping others and getting things done. As a family, we want to raise funds for a screening day in the future in her beloved memory.
I am so proud of her, miss her and can’t believe that she has got me running at my age!
Bill Dhariwal 28/5/19