Eighty-mile ride in memory of brother
PUBLISHED: 19:00 23 September 2012
A LYMPSHAM cyclist will ride from Bath to Bournemouth in a day in memory of his brother, who died of heart failure aged just 37.
Jon Lock will take on the 80-mile journey on September 30 to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The organisation supported Jon’s brother Simon throughout his life, and Jon says he is taking on the challenge as a thank you to the heart charity.
Jon, aged 37, said: “Simon was born with a heart condition and at the time doctors said he would probably not make his first birthday.
“However, he underwent open heart surgery and, despite having a stroke aged just one and half, he went on to live a pretty normal life – even playing a range of sports and competing in local horse riding competitions for the Riding for the Disabled Association.”
As Simon got older his health began to deteriorate and in October 2010 he was fitted with a VAD (ventricular assist device). He was one of only a handful of people around the world to undergo the procedure, but it was not able to save him and he died in May 2011.
Jon continued: “I cycle regularly and have done this kind of distance once or twice before, so I’m really looking forward to taking on this event with hundreds of other cyclists.
“I’m hoping to raise as much money as possible for the BHF, but I’m also doing it to recognise the other organisations that supported Simon and my parents throughout his life, including Bristol’s Children’s Hospital.”
BHF organiser Andy Coles said: “The Bath to Bournemouth Bike Ride raises money for the Mending Broken Hearts (MBH) appeal, which could literally ‘mend’ broken hearts within a lifetime.
“Sadly, Jon has experienced firsthand the devastating effects heart disease can have on a family and shows how heart conditions can affect people of all ages. His sponsorship, and that of others, will help give hope to heart patients of the future.”
Riders can still sign up to take part, at a cost of £25 per adult and £7.50 for children aged 14 to 16.
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