When Carmel is asked about her Heart of Scotland badge it is easy to explain her choice.

She talks about her mum Angela and her uncle Paul. Both have had quadruple heart bypass surgery. She shares the story of her niece Martha, born with a heart defect that was corrected during her first fragile year of life.

Her mum, her uncle, her niece, all of them are alive today thanks to breakthroughs in the treatment of heart disease.

This why Carmel ran a marathon to raise funds for heart research.

This is why Carmel wears the ‘Life’ heart.

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