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Peddle 4 Pat 2019

2 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Neil and Jess have set a challenge in memory of Jess’s dad, Pat, who died in January 2017. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Neil is cycling from Pat’s house in Staffordshire to Lizard Point in Cornwall in the first week of May 2019. All in all it's a route of about 400 miles.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Pat was born in Somerset and lived in the West Country until he moved to Staffordshire when he was 32. A place he loved and visited almost every year for the past 20 years was Helford, Cornwall. So, our route will take in many of Pat’s favourite places and include cycling through Helford just before reaching our destination of Lizard Point, the most southerly point on the British mainland. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Pat was 71 and physically healthy when he died suddenly, 2 days after a visit to his GP presenting with breathlessness and discomfort when lying down. He was sent for a Chest x-ray on Thursday 19th January with the assumption that he had a partially collapsed lung. He then was sent home to await the results. On Saturday 21st his breathlessness increased and an ambulance was called. Pat collapsed and passed away within the hour. We later found out the breathlessness, and ultimately his heart stopping, was caused by a pulmonary embolism. The pulmonary embolism was a piece, or pieces, of a blood clot that had travelled from his leg (Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT) into his lungs. Together these are known as Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). [/p][p][br][/p][p]Most of us have heard of DVT's before, when in hospital and on long flights. But Pat hadn't done either so there was no investigation for a DVT. He also didn't appear to report symptoms of a DVT, such as lower leg pain or swelling. A DVT didn't even cross Pat’s mind and wasn’t investigated by the GP.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Jess and Neil decided they wanted to raise awareness of Venous Thromboembolism in the hope that someone else would be able to get appropriate care quickly. This naturally led us to Thrombosis UK. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Thrombosis UK are a charity who work to raise awareness, support research and improve patient care of those who have experienced a DVT or VTE. [/p][p][br][/p][p]The challenge will be completed during National Thromboembolism Week to coincide with Thrombosis UK's nationwide campaign.[/p][p][br][/p][p]http://thrombosisuk.org[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

05 May 2019


Jun 16, 2019

Mary meadows

Well done, amazing thing to do x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 20, 2019

Rita - Pat’s cousin

Read your article in the newspaper and wanted to help the cause. Well done to you.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 13, 2019

James Banks

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 12, 2019

Margaret Tett

Congratulations on finishing your challenge.

May 10, 2019

Paul Waters

Great job Neil, well done mate.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 10, 2019


Hope all went well and they enjoyed the pasta! Paul has just had a DVT so curious timing.

May 9, 2019

Dan brown

Amazing achievement neil

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 9, 2019

Jason Pearce

Well done Neil, great job mate.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 8, 2019


Best of luck Jess and Neil!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 8, 2019

Melanie Blakeman

Well done Neil - you are a STAR :)

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jessica Neil

Jessica Neil

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