Upminster police officer takes on cycling challenge in memory of sister
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 April 2017
Pc Sean Judge, 35, from Upminster, will be jumping on his bike for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey challenge in July in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
He said: “I’ve always been active, but never a cyclist.
“But when my friend told me about Ride London–Surrey, I was instantly inspired and signed up even before buying myself a bike!”
Sean was devastated when his older sister Teresa died from heart failure at the age of 35 in 2013.
It was this loss that inspired him to join around 500 other cyclists who ride in the 100 mile event for the British Heart Foundation every year, making more than £300,000 which goes towards the charity’s research.
He said: “My sister was a fighter – she was born prematurely and was eventually diagnosed with a hole in her heart.
“I remember she wasn’t as active as other kids her age, but you learn to look beyond the condition and instead at Teresa’s bubbly and friendly personality.
“She was eventually diagnosed with heart failure and we knew that there was no cure.
“It was hard because she looked so healthy, but on a bad day, she would stay bed-ridden and be unable to even go to the local shop.
“Because of her condition, it wasn’t unusual that we hadn’t heard from her in a couple of days.
“But when my wife popped over, she was left in complete shock after seeing Teresa lying on the floor through the window.
“Her heart had stopped beating and we were too late to save her.
“I’m sure my sister would be incredibly proud of me and I hope the money I raise will help prevent such a tragedy from happening to other families.”
The ballot for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey cycling event is now open. To ride for the British Heart Foundation, visit here
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