Tillington parish councillor Robin Shapland had difficulty climbing the stairs three years ago and now he is taking part in a 53 mile London to Brighton cycle ride on Sunday (June 18) with 15,000 others who are supporting the British Heart Foundation.
He said he owes his transformation to continuing research by the foundation and a skilled team at the Royal Brompton Hospital where he had heart surgery.
“In August 2003 I was fitted with a pacemaker, I felt like death warmed up, because my heart was ‘all over the place’.
“In January 2014 I was still struggling, I even found it difficult to climb a flight of stairs.
“I was fortunate enough to be referred to the Royal Brompton Hospital. The cardiologist said ‘I can make a new man of you’, I could not believe my ears. In July 2014 I had heart surgery at the Brompton and I became that New Man!
“I asked how is this possible? It is thanks to continuing research by the British Heart Foundation and the care of a highly skilled team.
“So now it is my turn to put something back to show my appreciation for the care I am receiving.”
He is being supported on Sunday by his daughter Debbie Coleman who will be riding alongside her father.
Robin is now asking for sponsorship on his just giving page Robin A Shapland here
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