Jump Start Your Heart and help Jo support charity in Bourne

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A woman whose mother is recovering from a heart attack has invited people to join her on a bouncy castle to raise money for charity.

Jo Cole, from Bourne, decided to support the British Heart Foundation after her mother Helen Found had a heart attack in April.

Jo Cole of Bourne setting up a British Heart Foundation fundraiser EMN-150608-111234009

Jo Cole of Bourne setting up a British Heart Foundation fundraiser EMN-150608-111234009

She has organised a 24-hour bouncy castle bounce called Jump Start Your Heart and wants people to join her at Bourne fire station in South Road from 9am tomorrow (October 3).

The event is part of a wider campaign called Say It Loud And Wear It Proud, which Jo is encouraging people to support. She wants people to upload photos of themselves wearing a heart, either on their clothes, on jewellery or even in a temporary tattoo to raise awareness of the risk of heart attacks.

Jo already has plenty of people signed up for tomorrow’s event but hopes more will come along. She said: “There’s a group of us who will be there throughout the 24 hours but people can come along and bounce for a 10-minute slot for £2, depending on how energetic they are.

“We’ve also got LDC dance group coming down. They’re going to perform for us in the afternoon. And we’ve got face painting, a raffle and some games.

“I’ve had some amazing support. People who don’t know me have got in touch to say they will bounce for me and come along on the day.

“It’s quite humbling to know that it’s not all bad people out there. You always hear about bad things going on but there are a lot of really nice people out there.”

Jo expects to spend a long time on the bouncy castle and has been practising hard.

“I’ve been training for 12 weeks on a trampoline,” she said. “I’ve been losing weight and getting fitter. That’s a big part of it as well.

“My grandad died of a heart attack and now my mum has had one. It make me think I needed to change things about myself as well.”

Jo’s mother Helen is still recovering from her heart attack. But she hopes to make it to the fire station for a short time. And for Jo the campaign will continue after this weekend’s event as she turns her focus back to Say It Loud And Wear It Proud.

“A lot of people are looking at the Facebook page but I would like people to wear the heart, take a picture and post it. It would be lovely to see all the different hearts.”

Visit www.facebook.com/sayitloudandwearitproud or www.justgiving.com/joanne-COLE5 to help.