Heartbeat Of Sport have announced Lee Popplewell as their new ambassador. The Hull based fundraiser has been a tremendous supporter of the charity since its formation over 3 years ago.
The 40 year old Hull KR fanatic knows more than most about the devastation a heart attack can cause. He suffered that fate back in October 2012. His recovery is a remarkable and inspirational story. Throughout his rehabilitation process he has embarked on a number of personal challenges which has helped raise thousands of pounds for charities.
Speaking about the charity, Lee said:
“I have been involved with this great charity HeartBeat of Sport since the early days of recovering from my heart attack I had while out running in October 2012. I was very impressed with the passion that Tony and Gemma have for their lifesaving work and I love fundraising to help them keep the good work going. I am massively proud and honoured to be asked to be an ambassador of this great charity”.
As well as competing in Triathlons, Lee has biked across the 3 National Parks and ski toured up a mountain in the French Alps as part of a year of challenges to mark his 40th birthday.
Lee was unveiled as the rapidly expanding charities new ambassador at a glitzy ball held in Halifax last week. The event raised several thousand pounds to help fund more defibrillators and awareness and Popplewell received a standing ovation from an appreciative crowd.
Tony Tonks, Head of the charity, said that Lee’s desire to help others has been unbelievable, saying:
“It’s difficult to find the words to say what an inspirational character Lee is, he has suffered personal trauma and turned it into something positive by embarking on a one man mission to help ours and other charities. The reception for Lee at our annual ball spoke volumes for his efforts and he fully deserves all the accolades he receives. We are absolutely delighted to have him on board as our ambassador”.