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Veteran fundraiser cycles to Blackpool to support the British Heart Foundation
A veteran fundraiser who lost three close relatives to heart conditions is doing a sponsored night-time cycle to support the British Heart Foundation.
Jordan Pattison, 31, is taking part in the charity’s Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride on September 28.
Mr Pattison, an account manager for Bradford-based Fantastak Ltd, said: “I lost my grandparents and my mum to heart disease. I was only a toddler when my grandad had a heart attack and passed away.
“I was about 14 when my grandma had a heart attack and went from our lives all too soon. Then, when I was just 16, my mum had a heart attack and had to have a triple heart bypass.”
Mr Pattison said his mum, Margaret, lived a virtually normal life until 2010 when she had another heart attack and died. He said: “It was a huge loss and one I feel to this day. Having heart problems in the family makes you worry, of course it does. But, instead of getting down and thinking the worst about my own future, I decided to do something positive and get involved in events that would not only help those with heart disease but would also keep my heart as healthy as possible.
“To date, I have run a total of seven marathons, in New York, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Great Britain and Rome. I have also taken part in a number of high-endurance events such as Land’s End to John O’Groats and a London-Edinburgh-London Endurance Bike Ride.
“I am determined that my family history won’t stop me doing what I love to do and prevent me helping others in the same position beat the odds.
“When I heard about the BHF Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride, I wanted to get involved. My friends Joe Holliday and Pete Drury will be joining me and we can’t wait to get on our saddles and ride through the night to raise money for a fantastic cause and help others who are suffering or may suffer in the future.”
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