An inspirational man, who had open heart surgery last year, has beaten his condition to cycle 90 miles and raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Fred Rumming, 52, of Broad Street, Clifton, had the operation to correct problems with his heart valves.
In 2012 he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic condition which can affect a person’s bones, eyesight or cardiovascular system. Doctors had monitored his condition before deciding that they had to operate in July 2014.
The surgery left Fred with an 11-inch scar on his chest. He was unable to walk even short distances without feeling extreme fatigue. And it was four months before he could return to work.
But on Saturday, Fred completed the BHF’s 90-mile Oxford to Cambridge Bike Ride raising over £800 for the charity.
Fred said: “I’ve always been a keen cyclist.
“I’m used to riding 40 or 50 miles. But this is the first big ride I’ve done since my operation.
“Taking part was a real challenge and an incredible experience. Knowing I was cycling for such a great cause made me determined to succeed.
“It was a very worrying time after my diagnosis. But the support and information they provided stopped me feeling fearful about the future and ready to have my operation.
“Anybody can be struck down by heart disease. It can be something you’re born with or something you develop later in life. And taking part in this ride was my way of making sure the BHF is able to be there for everyone who needs their help.”
Martin Mears, head of events for the BHF, said: “It’s only because of dedicated people like Fred, that the BHF can continue its vital work fighting heart disease.
“Our research has already helped save thousands of lives. Every pound raised from this cycle will be spent on funding new breakthroughs to help prevent, treat and cure heart conditions.”
>People can support Fred’s fundraising efforts by making a donation at: https://www.justgiving.com/Fred-Rumming/