Mirfield firefighters joined the fight against heart disease by holding a cycle ride from Mirfield to Bridlington in memory of the nephew of Richard Rhodes, James Birmingham.
James was just 26 when he collapsed and died suddenly in January and his mum dad and sister, Joanne, Stephen and Georgia, wanted to do something to support the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research.
Richard came up with the idea of the cycle and Stephen and the firefighters got on board, both with taking part and also as support along the route. Over £2,275 has been raised in James’ memory both with sponsorship and in lieu of flowers.
The family and firefighters are hoping that this will be an annual event.
Joanne, James’ mum, said: “It was such a shock to lose James so suddenly he would have loved the events it’s amazing just how much has been raised in James’ memory and we are really grateful to everyone that has supported us and would like to thank them”
Thanks to fundraisers up and down the country, the BHF will be able to fund half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years which will be central to discovering vital treatments. Last year the public raised £143 million for the BHF’s life saving research.
Sue Green, BHF Fundraising Manager for West Yorkshire, said: “We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people like Stephen and Richard fundraise for the BHF.
“Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful for their support.”
To find out how to fundraise visit www.bhf.org.uk/yourway