Brave Leeds tot tackles 5k walk after life-saving surgery

Imogen Tankard, three, with mum Vicky.
Imogen Tankard, three, with mum Vicky.
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BRAVE youngster Imogen Tankard from Leeds had life-saving heart surgery when she was just six months old.

Now, aged three, the toddler has made a full recovery and is preparing to put her best foot forward in the Helping Hearts Family 5K event in Leeds.

The fundraising walk at Roundhay Park on August 31 will help raise cash for Yorkshire-based Heart Research UK.

Imogen, from West Park, underwent open heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary to correct a triatrial heart defect when she was a baby.

Mum Vicky Dalby said: “Taking part in the event and meeting others who have had heart surgery really brings it home to you what a difference all the money raised for Heart Research UK can make.

“It is such a feel-good event for everyone and we all come together for one reason, to help save lives.”

Imogen and her family completed the 5k walk last year and have decided to do it again to raise more money for the cause.

This year Imogen will be joined by mum Vicky, sister Coral, brother Josh, aunt Angela Dalby and cousins Kian and Lexy.

The event, which will return to Roundhay Park for a second year, is open to people of all ages and abilities.

Entry is £5.99, with children under 12 attending for free.

To sign up, visit

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