Gemma Jones’ memory inspires fundraisers

Simon Jones
Simon Jones

A Daventry man is carrying out three fundraising initiatives for The British Heart Foundation in memory of his sister who died last year.

Simon Jones will be undertaking two bike rides and a half marathon to remember Gemma Jones, who died of viral myocarditis, a rare heart condition in March 2012.

He will be doing a night- time bike ride from Manchester to Blackpool on Saturday at a distance of 52 miles on what would have been her 30th birthday weekend.

This will be followed up by a 10k bike ride at Blenheim Palace on Sunday, October 6.

For the final challenge, he will be embarking on a half marathon at the Birmingham Great Run on Sunday, October 20.

It will be an extra challenge for Mr Jones who has had health problems for most of this year.

He said: “At the start of the year I was 16 stone and had problems in my back with my discs so I was pretty crippled.

“I did some running and cycling in a bid to lose some of the weight. I have managed to shift it and then thought 
I would do something to 
remember my sister.

“There has been so much happening, with the fun day and other things and thought I should do something as well.

“I have never done anything like this before but I have been enjoying the training so I am really looking forward to it.”

He also hopes that, by doing this, it will help to raise awareness of the condition from which Gemma died.

Mr Jones added: “The way she died, it was such a rare case and even the coroner said there was only a couple of instances in the past two years.

“It is just about raising awareness and trying to encourage people to be a little bit more active as well.”

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