Little Comets attempt record breaking run in support of cardiomyopathy

1st September 2016

On 11 September indie band, Little Comets, will attempt to become the first band ever to complete a gig while taking part in the Great North Run.

In doing so they'll break the world record for a band running a half marathon, singing and playing guitars all the way from Newcastle to South Shields.

They're doing it for Cardiomyopathy UK and to raise awareness of organ donation as their friend Jim Lynsky (pictured, on the left) has severe dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and is awaiting a heart transplant. 20-year-old Jim is surviving on a battery powered heart kept in his pocket. Jim became friends with the band in 2013 when his DCM got worse. 

Jim is hoping their involvement will help raise the profile of organ donation, "We hope that what we are trying to achieve will inspire people to make their respective organ donation decision and discuss this with their families. 256 patients currently wait alongside me for a heart transplant, as well as 9,734 in wait for other organs. Signing up with the organ donation register means that you can save up to 9 lives".

Add your name to the NHS Organ Donor Register

Find out more about organ donation, including a video about Jim's experiences.

You can support Jim at his JustGiving page