The family of a lawyer who died while competing in a triathlon has organised a 450km cycling challenge to raise funds for research into the condition that claimed his life.
Dan’s Trust was founded after the death of Daniel Bagshaw, 27, who died on the finish line of an ITU Olympic distance triathlon in Hong Kong in 2012, after suffering from a sudden and unexplained arrhythmia.
Nearly 40 volunteers have signed up to take on the challenge of cycling from Geneva to Nice in the south of France, through some of the highest peaks in the Alps.
Daniel’s brother Gary said: “Last year’s trip was epic to say the least and raised over £80,000 for our charitable trust, but we have raised the bar once more and hope to raise even more money this year, by cycling from Geneva to Nice, through the Alps, covering 450km in three days with 9,500m of vertical ascent.
“I and 37 other willing volunteers will cycle from just outside Geneva to Nice in the south of France,
“Hopefully, this goes some way to explaining the gravity of the task that we are undertaking to raise much needed funds for Dan’s Memorial Trust.
“The Daniel Bagshaw Memorial Trust is currently a very small charity with very large goals and are hugely grateful for your support and any donations, no matter what size, to motivate us on our way.”
The Trust has taken on a number of different projects since it was founded, including a £50,000 grant to Imperial College in London for research into the condition, a scheme to install defibrillators in schools and supporting a young swimmer from Accrington aiming to take part in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
Gary said: “Our donation of £50,000 in Dan’s name has assisted in setting up a three-year research fellowship project at Imperial College, London, to harness both state of the art genetic testing and novel electrical mapping tools within the heart to help solve the problem of inherited cardiac conditions which can cause sudden cardiac arrest.
“As these conditions affect 1 in 300, refining these risk assessments is a massively important goal.”
To donate visit http://www.bmycharity.com/garybagshaw2015 and follow @DansTrust2012 for all the latest updates from the cycling challenge from June 18.