Dorchester man to walk 37 miles along Dorset coast in memory of partner who died from a heart attack – Dorset Live

He will be raising money for the British Heart Foundation
A man from Dorchester will be walking an impressive 37 miles along Dorset's historic coast in memory of his partner who died suddenly from a heart attack. Damian Lo Cascio, 52, will walk from Tyneham Village, near Lulworth to Burton Bradstock, Bridport to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). His partner, Natalie Poole, died in April this year at the age of 37.
The couple had been together for three years after meeting at a school play. Natalie, who was a mother with five daughters, was with a friend when she collapsed. Natalie was not known to have any pre-existing health conditions, although her family does have a history of heart problems.
The two day event will see Damian, his friends and his family travel along the Jurassic Coast for 37 miles to commemorate the 37 years of Natalie's life. Damien says he felt a sense of emptiness following Natalie's sad passing, but is determined to celebrate her life and raise money for a good cause.
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Damian explained: "I was travelling back from London. I was only 30 minutes from home when I got a call from a friend to say that Natalie had been taken to hospital.
"I rushed straight there, but she had passed away by the time I arrived. I was left to tell her girls that their mum had died. I have never felt so alone or as helpless as in that moment.
"Natalie was honest, kind, and caring. She was always about truth, love and life. We wanted to travel the world and live on a farm together. She taught me that it is the simple things in life make the biggest difference, like telling someone you care about them."
Damian, digital marketer, who had two children from a previous relationship, will be joined on the walk, which will start on Friday, August 26, by his 18-year-old son and three of Natalie’s friends.
Damian said: "This walk will be very special as Natalie loved to travel along the coast and go camping. I hope to raise the money and awareness that can help push heart research forward and stop other families losing a loved one before their time."
However, this is not the only fundraising event Damian is planning as he has more planned. He is working with the schools that Natalie’s children attend to take on sponsored walking challenge in September.
In the UK, more than 160,000 people die each year because of heart and circulatory diseases. The BHF funds research into conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and vascular dementia, as well as their risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure.
James Rogers, BHF fundraising manager, said: "We are incredibly grateful to Damian for organising this fundraising walk. Research to help save and improve lives is only made possible thanks to inspirational supporters like him. We will use the money he raises to develop new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory conditions."
To support Damian's fundraiser and for more information about his event, you can visit the website here.
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