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Fiona's Charity Bike Ride from Land's End to John O'Groats
Fiona raised money for Bournemouth Heart Club and Cruse Bereavement Care in memory of her father.
Frettens' charity of the year
Every year we vote for a charity of the year to sponsor. Everyone at Frettens has the opportunity to propose a charity, and a shortlist is then voted on by the whole team.
Fiona’s dad died of a heart attack in his sleep in October 2018 aged 80 which was a shock as he was otherwise healthy. Her dad had a heart attack in 2010 as a result of which stents were fitted. As part of his recovery, which is standard, he was referred to BHC. They have 2 fully equipped gyms. They have 39 classes a week which enables heart patients to exercise and also to get acquainted with other members who have been in a similar position.
In 2010 Fiona cycled from London to Paris for the Alzheimer’s Society as her Mum suffered with this for many years. She was determined that something good would come out of a bad situation. With a friend, they ran a Quiz, a French Evening at The Three Tonnes, a lunch in conjunction with the Bournemouth Air Show and a Black Tie Send Off Ball. With personal sponsorship, they raised £13,000 and set up a website called Cycle4Mum.
In memory of her dad, Fiona cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats - 1000 miles in 14 days. Raising £6,000 for Bournemouth Hospital’s Heart Club and CRUSE the national bereavement charity.
Bournemouth Heart Club
The BHC located at Bournemouth Hospital helps residents of East Dorset and West Hampshire and surrounding areas to recover and maintain their health and fitness after major cardiac events and procedures. It is an independent charity that was founded in 1991 and since 1996 has operated from a purpose built centre within the grounds of Bournemouth Hospital. Donations go towards maintaining the facilities and buying new equipment.
Cruse support families after a love one has died. Life President, Colin Murray Parkes says “grief is the price we pay for love. We can’t hope for a world without grief, but we continue to strive to meet our vision that everyone who needs support after someone dies, will be able to find the help they need. In a changing uncertain world CRUSE will be here to help people understand their feelings, develop coping strategies, and return to everyday life, while remembering and celebrating the lives of those they have lost’.
Although a National Charity with the Queen as its Patron, it has a Dorset Branch which covers New Forest, Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole. The charity celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.