An 85-year old grandfather from Sutton has successfully completed a cycle challenge to raise funds to fight heart disease.
George Triner rode 55 miles from Sutton to Brighton, was accompanied on the ride by his son Steve Triner, 49 from Thornton Heath.
George Triner, a grandfather of three, said: “I have been a keen cyclist all my life. I used to take part in time trials and track races with the Surrey Road Cycling Club.
“Steve and I have cycled to Brighton every year since he was 14. We’ve kept up the tradition even after I had a stent fitted for a heart problems a few years ago.
“Thirty years ago, I would cycle from London to Brighton and back again in well under six hours. But we take it a bit easier now, so this time the ride took us eight hours.
The ride was organised by Steve Triner to raise funds for the BHF in memory of his brother-in-law Michael Lambe, a Sutton resident who died suddenly from a heart attack in May.
Steve, who works as the Chief Executive of the Sutton Borough Citizens Advice Bureaux, said: “Michael was only 53 years old. He was a lovely man and when he died it was devastating for everyone in the family, in particular his seven year old son and his wife. Michael’s death has left a hole in the lives of a lot of people.”
The ride has so far raised over £500 in donations. If you would like to support George’s work to raise funds for the BHF, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SM-Triner
Karl Coppack, fundraising manager for the BHF, said: “It’s only because of dedicated people like Steve and George that the BHF can continue its vital work fighting heart disease.
“Our research has already helped to save thousands of lives. Every pound raised from this run will be spent on funding new breakthroughs to help prevent, treat and cure heart conditions.”
Despite great progress over the last 50 years, cardiovascular disease still kills around 160,000 people each year – more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK. The BHF is the UK’s leading independent funder of cardiovascular research. Many advances in the treatment of heart conditions are a result of science funded by the charity.
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