Easter weekend last year Chiswick librarian Nigel Piggott left his home in Isleworth to go to work. He was planning to meet his wife later for a meal with her parents. When he failed to show the last thing that they would have suspected was a heart attack. Nigel was 35 and took regular exercise. He was planning to enter the London Marathon.

He had been reading a book at lunch in the pub and collapsed. Despite the prompt arrival of paramedics there was nothing that could be done to save him.

Coronary heart disease is often associated with the elderly, the unfit or the obese but in some cases it can affect people like Nigel. There was no warning that he suffered from the disease apart from slight indigestion type pains after a heavy meal

Nigel and Claudine on their wedding day

Nigel's wife Claudine is seeking to help the British Heart Foundation fund research into the causes of coronary heart disease. Despite this disease being a major killer the charity receives no government funding. Claudine is very concerned to raise public awareness of the disease.

Nigel was a well known figure in Chiswick through his work in the library and was responsible for the development of the video lending section which is a popular feature of the facility.

To mark the first anniversary of his death and the 40th anniversary of the British Heart Foundation there will be a five-mile sponsored walk from Isleworth to Richmond and back in Nigel's memory.

Everyone is invited to join in or to sponsor a walker. The Mayors of Richmond and Hounslow will see the walkers off at the start from Isleworth Pool, and Richard Briers, who knew Nigel through the library will cut a ribbon at the halfway mark on Richmond Terrace, where Claudine and Nigel got married and where Nigel's ashes are now scattered.

Much of the walk will be along the Thames towpath, with a double rowing skiff on the river to urge the walkers on. There will also be a small auction at the end of the walk at Nazareth House plus food at bargain prices - all proceeds will go the BHF.

The walk takes place on Sunday 22 April at 11am starting at Isleworth Recreation Centre on Twickenham Road.

For more details contact the BHF Regional Office or - tel: 01763 242414. They can provide sponsorship forms and details of how to make a donation. Claudine has asked donors to remember to write "Nigel Piggott Memorial" on the back of the cheque as it will be of comfort to her to know how much money has been raised in his memory.

Visit the British Heart Foundation Web Site

For a heart-health pack, call 0870 9090111. If your family has been affected by CHD, and you would like to take part in a new study, call 0800 052 7154.