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Stourbridge heart patient completes 52-mile charity cycle
11:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A STOURBRIDGE heart patient braved the elements when he got on his bike and rode through the night to help the British Heart Foundation.
The charity is important to Lee Murray, aged 65, as he had a quintuple heart bypass operation eight years ago, when it was discovered that all five of the major vessels to his heart were diseased.
Determined to give something back, Mr Murray took part in the charity’s Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride on September 28.
The 52-mile event started from Manchester’s Trafford Centre and finished under the bright lights of the Blackpool illuminations.
After completing the gruelling challenge and generating around £200 in sponsorship, Mr Murray said: “Taking part in this event was a real challenge and an incredible experience. The atmosphere over the weekend was brilliant and I am proud to have been part of this amazing challenge.
“Knowing I was cycling for such a great cause and to help heart patients like myself, made me determined to succeed. It was fantastic to have everyone there cheering me on to the finish, knowing that my sponsorship money will help the British Heart Foundation to raise much needed funds for the research needed to fight heart disease.”
Ali Rulton, event organiser, added: “Thanks to Lee and everyone who took part in, volunteered at or supported the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride this year. Yet again, the atmosphere on the night was fantastic with the route flowing with enthusiastic BHF supporters all riding for the one important cause.
“It’s because of their support that the money raised will help to create a better future for so many - from babies born with heart defects, to the millions of adults affected by heart disease.”
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