A West Norfolk father is making final preparations for a fundraising cycle ride inspired by his young son’s battle against a heart condition.
Phil Dennis, from Terrington St John, is taking part in the Vale of Belvoir bike ride this Sunday to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
His five-year-old son, Theo, has a dilated cardiomyopathy, in which the heart becomes bigger and does not pump blood around the body as efficiently as it should.
Although he is on medication, Theo, who was diagnosed with the condition when he was eight weeks old, has to use a wheelchair as he cannot walk long distances.
And doctors also fear he may need a heart transplant operation in the future.
Phil said: “We’ve had regular trips to Great Ormond Street Hospital and we had a few conversations with the British Heart Foundation. It’s just to give something back.”
In some cases, the condition is hereditary and Phil himself has a mild form of the problem that he had no idea he had until he was tested after Theo’s illness was diagnosed.
He said: “I go running and my doctor has advised me to only do about 45 minutes and have good rest and recovery.”
Phil has already received around £700 in sponsorship pledges and is hoping to raise £1,000 in all.
The challenge covers three routes of 25, 40 and 60 miles. Phil is taking on the 40 mile route and plans to return next year for the 60 mile course.
Anyone who would like to donate can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Phil-Dennis2/2.