A Woodhall Spa man has gone that extra mile and joined the fight against heart disease by raising more than £2,000 for lifesaving research.
In fact, Geoff Green did an extra 300 miles by leading a team of cycling friends from London’s Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The ride took three days, cycling an average of 100 miles a day.
“I wanted to get involved in the event to raise sponsorship for BHF because many of my family, friends and colleagues have suffered ill health and loss due to heart disease and I have my own challenge with bouts of irregular heartbeats,” said Geoff.
“We have raised an astonishing £2,055 for the BHF just by getting on our bikes and peddling hard.
“The event was a significant challenge but masses of fun and adventure that has been one of those life highlights to treasure for all of us.”
BHF Fundraising manager for Lincolnshire, Helena Mair, was delighted with the team’s efforts.
“I would like to say a very big thank you to Geoff and his team for raising such a fantastic amount of money,” she said.
“Over 1,000,000 people in the UK are living with heart rhythm problems, most of these people have atrial fibrillation.
“The BHF are funding research at the university of Oxford, with Professor Barbara Casadei one of the UK leading experts on the complex processes behind AF.
“Her research could lead to new treatments for AF patients which would change lives.
“Without fundraisers like Geoff we would not be able to continue this very important work and we are incredibly grateful for their support.
“But we urgently need more people to join our fight for every heartbeat and help power our life saving research.
“That’s why we’re calling on everyone across the UK to Raise Funds Your Way to help support our vital work.”
For more, visit www.bhf.org.uk/yourway