Greenford woman's husky sled raises £3,000 for heart condition support group

Ealing Times: Snow challenge: Tina and her sled in Finland Snow challenge: Tina and her sled in Finland

A GREENFORD mother of two, who suffers from a serious heart condition, has raised an astonishing £3,258 in a demanding husky sledding expedition.

Tina Amiss, who was first diagnosed with cardiomyopathy 20 years ago, took part in the Finland Challenge to mark her 50th birthday.

Four huskies pulled each team across frozen lakes, through forests and across fells in bitterly cold temperatures falling to -20 degrees.

Tina said: “The whole trip from start to finish was incredible and truly magical, and we would all love to do it again.”

She undertook the challenge with two of her friends, Alison Hill and Liz Jackson. They sought to raise money for the Cardiomyopathy Association, a charity that provides information and support to families affected by the condition.

After suffering a heart attack two decades ago, Tina was diagnosed with it. The Cardiomyopathy Association is close to her, due to its constant support since her diagnosis.

“The CMA has given me so much support over the years that I wanted to give something back,” she said.

The inspiring and gruelling mission demanded the women collect their own firewood and drinking water, sleep in log cabins with no electricity, showers or toilets and cook their food on an open fire.

They were also responsible for the caring, feeding and watering of their huskies.

Tina, a physiotherapist and now a trustee of the charity said: “Standing holding on to the sled was such hard work to begin with and we were all wondering what we had let ourselves in for.

"But, as we relaxed, we were able to start enjoying the breath-taking scenery.”

To support Tina’s fundraising efforts visit: www.justgiving.com/TAMISS

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