LEGENDARY heart surgeon Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub will be helping to host the 40th annual Harefield Fun Run and Family Day on Sunday, September 10. 

He helped set up the Harefield Fun Run in the 1980s. This year’s run will be a special celebration of Harefield and its history as a global centre in the fight against heart and lung disease.

Prof Yacoub said: “We have spearheaded many medical innovations over the years. Our clinical research has built on scientific discoveries to create new procedures, which have saved many lives.

“It’s a great privilege to be part of this special event celebrating Harefield Hospital and raising funds, so the hospital can continue breaking new ground.”

He established the heart transplant centre at Harefield in 1980 and performed the UK's first combined heart and lung transplant in 1983.

Last November, he opened the Harefield Clinical Research Facility, which will continue Harefield’s tradition of medical innovation.

The run will be on a four-mile circuit around the Harefield countryside, followed by an afternoon of food, music and stalls.

Eric Morecambe was a celebrity guest at the first ever fun run and thousands have taken part over the last 40 years, including many who have had transplants at Harefield.