David Williams might only be 24, but he's about to have his eighth pacemaker fitted.
But the prospect of more surgery hasn’t stopped David from taking on his own fundraising challenge.
David is organising an event in memory of his father, Nigel Williams, who died a decade ago.
He wants to raise funds for the Cobalt appeal and is urging people to join him at the social event in Mitcheldean or to donate.
David was born with a complex heart deformity and has required medical treatment throughout his life.
“I can get quite breathless and there are things I can’t do physically,” he said.
David has had a pacemaker fitted since he was a baby and they need to be replaced every few years. He is due to have his eighth fitted this spring.
“I’ll be in recovery for about two weeks. I try to make it as quick as possible,” he said.
The pacemaker regulates David’s heartbeat, preventing it from beating too fast or slow. David has had open heart surgery as a boy, and it is possible that in the future he may require a heart transplant.
But before his latest operation, he’s determined to raise as much as possible for the Cobalt charity.
“I am holding an event in memory of my father to celebrate his life among friends and family.
“Helping and supporting charities was a big thing to him and his family,” said David.
He is urging people to come alon to the Xerox Sports and Social Club in Mitcheldean on February 15, 7pm for a night of musical entertainment and fun.
Nigel Williams supported children’s charities, ran the London Marathon, and was chairman of the South West Children’s Heart Circle which supports children having cardiac surgery at the Bristol Children’s Hospital and their families.
He died aged 35 in January 2004 after suffering stomach lymphoma cancer
“I want to be able to reflect upon the work he's done for charities over the years in his lifetime by holding this event in his name,“ said David, who has also volunteered for a sponsored head shave.
“If we reach the target of £500, three of us including myself will be shaving our heads,” he added.
All funds raised will go to Cobalt, which helps people with cancer and other conditions, including dementia and multiple sclerosis. The Gloucesteshire charity is delighted at David’s support.
“This year Cobalt is celebrating a golden anniversary,” said Zena Giles at the charity.
“We are looking to the community to get involved in celebrating our 50th and we are really grateful to Nigel’s family and hope they have a fantastic fundraising event Their donations help fund scanning and diagnosis, research, prevention, specialised nursing posts and cancer facilities for local people.”
Support David’s appeal by donating at justgiving.com/David-Williams75