Ally keeps wheels moving for Dad
Ally’s dad, Bill Jenkins, loved cycling. Last year, after stoically battling a series of health challenges, including three heart attacks, Bill passed away. How better to honour his memory, says Ally, than to take part in the BHF’s London to Brighton Bike Ride.
When I was growing up in Bletchley, my dad and I would always be out and about on our bikes. It was natural, then, that the day after he passed away I decided to do a cycle ride in his memory. The BHF’s London to Brighton Bike Ride on June 17, covering 54 miles, seemed like the perfect challenge – especially considering it will be Father’s Day.
Dad battled through so many physical challenges, including Leukaemia, diabetes, and he had three heart attacks toward the end. All he ever wanted to do, despite what he was going through, was to keep cycling. At one stage, when he was too weak to cycle outside, he bought an indoor exercise bike – just to keep his legs moving and to feel his feet on the pedals.
It hasn’t been easy coming to terms with losing Dad. But getting out on my bike, in the fresh air, has helped me grieve. And though I was never the cyclist that Dad was, doing the ride from London to Brighton makes me feel closer to him. It’s also reassuring knowing that I’m supporting a charity that, through the treatments pioneered via research, helped give me some extra time with Dad after his heart attacks. For that, I am forever grateful.
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