Hi everyone By the time you read this, our son Tony & his friend John will just about be completing an arduous cycle ride from Rotterdam to Bratislava, Capital of Slovakia - distance as the crow flies is over 600 miles but, cycles not being able to fly and considering cycles can only use secondary roads it will be more like 1000 miles.When I learned of his intention I suggested he might like to consider sponsorship for Take Heart as both his mum and I have had major surgery at the LGI. I had a by pass in early 1989 just in time for the formation of Take Heart, so I am proud to be a founder member in this, our charities Silver Anniversary year. His mum more recently had a replacement Aorta valve in 2011. It was John, already a keen cyclist, who persuaded Tony to do the journey by bike. Tony and John have adventured together in the past by completing one of the most ardous treks in Europe - the GR20 which entails a journey on foot throughout the length of Corsica. Tony readily agreed to this sponsorship and as their initial ferry crossing and return flights are already paid for by themselves, any money raised will all go direct to our charity. Consider the distance and bear in mind Tony will celebrate his 60th birthday in June this year. If you can help Take Heart in this way, please make a donation on the Virgin page - click on the link below.For the curious, why Bratislava?, well Tony's son (our grandson) lives and works there.D.R.(BOB) & Peggy Stanley.http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/tonystanleyThanks Bob - and thank you Tony and John. Just thinking about what you are doing makes us exhausted! Good luck - and arrive safely.Colin Pullan, MBE, Chairman
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The pair finished successfully and raised£1600.00 for the British Heart Foundation and£720.00 for Take Heart. Here’s the story reported in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Fundraiser surprises himself with successCHARITY cyclist Tony Stanley has surprised himself by completing a challenge he set himself to cover almost 1,100 miles in just 16 days. The target for Tony, 60, was to reach his son's home in Bratislava after starting out from Rotterdam, on a route through Holland, Germany, Austria and on to Slovakia. Now back in Bingley with around £2,000 earned in charity donations for the British Heart Foundation and the Take Heart fund based in Leeds, he admitted: "I didn't think I'd be able to do 1,100 miles without catching a train or ferry. "There were no mishaps, not even a puncture, and everything went very smoothly." The businessman, who owns Stanley Cars on Canal Road in Bradford, completed the trip with his squash partner John Bell. Already he is planning a similar challenge for next summer, from Bratislava to the Black Sea, following the Danube. His idea to cycle the route came out of an idea to visit his son Oliver, 28, who lives in Bratislava with his wife Renka. He has also succeeded in doubling his original fund raising target which had been set at £1,000. However, before his next two wheeled challenge he is preparing to walk from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean via the Pyrenees.