A Burbage woman is taking on a ten-mile charity trek to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in memory of her father.

Cassi Vaughan, 31, is lacing up her hiking boots for the Chatsworth Walk on September 23 to give something back to the nation’s heart charity.

In June last year, her father, Richard Flint, suffered a heart attack and died. Mr Flint, who was the landlord of the White Hart in Burbage, was 59.

Mrs Vaughan said: “It was a complete shock to everyone. I have never seen so many people at a funeral. He was a really popular man and had so much time for everyone. He was amazing. I know everyone says that about their dad but he really was.

“We want something good to come out of this tragedy – by taking on the Chatsworth Walk, we can do something in his honour.

“Our dad spent his whole life helping others and now it’s our turn to do the same.”

Since her father died Mrs Vaughan has been on leave from her job as a civil servant in Canterbury along with her husband Marc, 30, to help her mum Pauline run the White Hart.

Mrs Vaughan and her husband will join hundreds of other BHF supporters as they take on the ten-mile trek. People taking part can choose from a four, seven or ten-mile route around the stunning stately home and Chatsworth Estate.

BHF event organiser Hannah Carling said: “Cassi and her family have been through such a lot and I am so sorry for the loss of her father. We are thankful they want to support us and I hope their story inspires other people to get involved.”

To sponsor the pair, visit www.justgiving.com/Cassi-Vaughan