Our ambassadors

Simon Dyson

Simon is kindly supporting Cardiomyopathy UK after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 2016. Simon, a professional golfer is not letting his cardiomyopathy hold him back, and continues to be one the UK's highest ranked golfers.

 

About Simon

A a born and bred sportsman, Simon was a promising footballer on the books of York City and Scarborough as a teenager, and the early indication was that he would follow in his uncle Terry’s footballing footsteps. However, he was encouraged to take up golf by his brother, Nick, and by the age of 16 had achieved a scratch rating.

Simon says “I’m delighted to be supporting Cardiomyopathy UK, the specialist charity supporting families affected by cardiomyopathy. This cause is very close to my heart having being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy out of the blue which has changed my life. ‚ÄčThis heart muscle disease is not rare and can be fatal and many there are living with the limitations it brings or are still undiagnosed.  I want to help raise awareness for this charity which is a lifeline for those affected by it and their families.”


Lee Mears

Lee Mears, former Bath and England rugby player is supporting Cardiomyopathy UK with our recent #MyHeartStory campaign and encouraging families to talk about their heart history.

About Lee

Lee was forced to retire from the game at the age of 34 when he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)  in 2013. Since retiring from the sport, he has thrown himself into various ventures determined to live his life to the fullest. With two Rugby World Cups, 43 international rugby caps for England and a British and Irish Lions tour under his belt, he is now involved in coaching teams around the world. 

Lee is supporting our #MyHeartStory campaign which encourages families to have open conversations about their family heart history as well as raising awareness to recognise signs and symptoms of the condition. 

Lee said: “People often have very set ideas of what a ‘typical heart patient’ looks like so often cardiomyopathy can go undetected or misdiagnosed. Despite being a professional sportsman I was diagnosed with this heart muscle disease and it forced me to retire from competitive rugby. It can affect anyone at any age and often runs in families so it’s important for people to find out their own family history.”