A COURAGEOUS pensioner diagnosed with heart failure is throwing her energies into raising money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Rita Radvanyi, aged 74, from Hillfield, was told in 2004 that she had a five year life expectancy.
Despite this, the pensioner decided she wanted to organise her own fund raising event to collect money for people with a similar diagnosis.
Rita is being treated with drugs to alleviate some of the symptoms and has been to Germany for stem cell treatment.
She said: “Every morning when I wake up, I think I need to make the most of my day. I have had a fantastic five years travelling and spending time with my daughter and I have a very positive attitude.
“I wanted to organise this event to raise awareness of Heart Failure and to help others.”
With the help of her daughter Nikki, who owns a concierge service, Rita organised a champagne afternoon tea party at Hampton Manor on April 15, with the aim of raising £1,500 for the charity.
Donna Stokes, BHF fund raising manager, said: “Rita is an inspirational person, she is extremely positive and although she looks really well, she is very poorly. It is quite difficult for people to understand heart failure and the devastating effect it can have. Rita has asked that the funds go to our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal which aims to give more hope to thousands of patients.”
To donate, call Donna on 0121 353 2087 or go to the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/nikki-Radvanyi.