Brian cycles to fund heart research

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BRIAN Rowson plans an unusual way of celebrating his 75th birthday.

He will start a charity cycle tour of England raising money for Stowmarket Lions’ Charities and the British Heart Foundation’s Mending Broken Hearts campaign.

Brian, from Harleston Green near Stowmarket, will set off from Landguard Point, Felixstowe, on April 12.

He said: “I expect this will be my last serious tour and the longest if not the most demanding. I have a minor heart condition, well managed thanks to the expertise and advice from sports cardiologists Dr Dan Tunstall Pedoe and Dr Nigel Stephens.”

Brian lost 15 to 20 per cent of his heart capacity 12 years ago, so he will not set a racing pace or try endurance cycling.

“I am well aware that I am a very lucky man to be able to attempt such a ride,” he added. “I hope I will encourage others to be more active.

“Why do this? The easy answer is because I probably can. I see 2012 as possibly the last year to do it.”

Mending Broken Hearts supports research into regenerating heart cells and Brian hopes it will mean ‘those after me will be able to have their hearts repaired’.

He has two Just Giving websites. Both start www.justgiving.com/ followed by Brian-Rowson for the Lions’ charities or Brian-H-F-Rowson for the BHF. Alternatively, send a cheque to Lions Club of Stowmarket and District, Chapel House, IP14 3HN.