An ardent Crystal Palace supporter will take part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run next week in aid of Fabrice Muamba’s Hearts and Goals campaign.
Drew Rakhit will don the Palace colours to take part in the road race in honour of the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder, who collapsed during a televised match against Tottenham Hotspur in March 2012, after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Muamba received urgent treatment from paramedics on the field of play and at pitchside, which allowed him to survive despite his heart stopping for 78 minutes.
Bolton Wanderers chose the Arrhythmia Alliance as its national charity following the incident and helped kick-start the Hearts and Goals campaign, which aims to highlight the need for more defibrillators in public places.
Former England under-21 international Muamba will start the 10km run on Sunday 26th May – the day before Crystal Palace face Watford at Wembley for a place in the Premier League.
And cardiologist Drew will represent the Eagles fans, with organisers Nova hoping to attract a runner in full kit from each of the 92 league clubs in England to ‘Run for Muamba’.
Tens of thousands of runners in total are expected to take part in the event.
To sponsor Drew, visit his fundraising page HERE.