By Tim Clarke 18/04 Updated: 24/04 17:20
THE TRAGIC loss of his sister will spur a cyclist towards the finish line when he saddles up for a fund-raising bike ride later this month.
Tom Clutterbuck, from St John’s, is gearing up for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Worcestershire Bike Ride on Sunday April, 29, which he will be riding in memory of his sister.
She died when Tom was just two years old from a form of cardiomyopathy - a disease of the heart muscle - and he wants to raise money for the BHF so it can continue its work to help save lives.
He said: “My sister’s death was unexpected and affected my whole family.
Not many people understand real pain until they suffer a loss like ours, but I do know that I am not the only one out there who has had to deal with it and I believe that my contribution to this event will help the BHF to stop this from happening to others.
“I am looking forward to doing the Worcestershire Bike Ride as I now understand the importance of keeping fit even at a young age. It will be a personal challenge for me as well as a chance to do something for my sister.”
Cyclists can choose from a 17, 30 or 50 mile ride through the beautiful Worcestershire countryside.
Organisers are hoping to attract more than 600 cyclists to the ride, which starts at Worcester Warriors' Sixways Stadium, in the hope of beating last year's fund-raising total of £20,000.
Jemma Curran, regional event organiser for the BHF said: “Tom’s story highlights how heart disease can affect people of all ages. Tom’s story is truly inspiring and I hope it encourages others to sign up for the event and raise as much sponsorship as possible to help fight heart disease- the nation’s biggest killer.”
Entry costs £15 with people asked to raise as much sponsorship as possible to help the fight against heart disease.
For more information call the BHF events team on 0800 169 3672.
To sponsor Tom visit www.justgiving.com/Thomas-Clutterbuck
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