Wakefield businessman gears up for bike ride in memory of brother

Graham Thompson and Kevin Batty.
Graham Thompson and Kevin Batty.
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A WAKEFIELD businessman is gearing up for a ‘Rome to Home’ bike ride to raise £10,000 in memory of his brother.

Graham Thompson, 55, will cycle the last leg of the 1,5470-mile challenge in memory of his brother Stuart, who died aged 61 after suffering a heart attack whilst swimming with his wife and grandchildren last year.

It is hoped the bike ride will raise £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

Graham, who is managing director of Ossett-based Xamax, will set off on July 2 to complete the final leg of the route from Retford to Wakefield.

He said: “Following the death of Stuart last year we were determined to honour his memory and what better way than by raising £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation, to support the work that the charity undertakes.

“Stuart was a fit and healthy man with no reason to suspect that there was anything wrong, so we were shocked and saddened to hear of his death.

“By completing this epic challenge and raising funds for the charity, we hope that it will go some way to raising awareness of heart disease and most importantly to saving lives.”

Graham’s two other brothers, his niece and her partner Kevin Batty are also taking part in the event.

To sponsor Graham and Kevin, who is doing the whole journey, visit their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/rome2Home2014.

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