Son saddles up for bike ride challenge

A LOVING son is about to undertake a gruelling challenge for a heart charity in memory of his father.

Luke Morris, 37, of Spilsby is set to take on the Vale of Belvoir Bike Ride on Sunday. May 13, supported by Santander, to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Luke’s father, Ernie, suffered from Left Ventricular Failure. He had 11 heart attacks and in 1991, at the age of 61, Ernie died due to complications caused by his heart condition.

“For as long as I can remember, Dad was in and out of hospital with numerous heart attacks, we worked out that he had 11 in his adult life.

“It was difficult for us when we were growing up, it seemed very normal for us to be going to the hospital to visit him,” said Luke, who teaches at Skegness Academy.

Sadly, Ernie wasn’t the only family member to suffer from a heart condition. Luke’s nephew, Leon McDonnell, now 21, has had heart surgery twice after being born with a heart defect and a narrowing of the aorta and Luke also lost his grandfather, James, to a heart condition.

Now Luke is encouraging other people to sign up to the popular event, which goes through, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

The high-adrenaline bike ride, starts and finishes at Hose Village Hall and participants can chose between a 40 mile ride for experienced cyclists and a 25 mile route for beginners and families.

“I have taken on two BHF bike rides before and it feels like a connection with my Dad when I take part. I hope other people support the BHF and sign up, if we can help just one person, by highlighting this problem and improve their quality of life, it will be something. It is also a lot of fun, there is no pressure and there is a great atmosphere,” Luke added.

Hannah Carling, event organiser for the BHF, said: “I am sorry that Luke has experienced the tragedy of heart disease but it is wonderful to have his support and I wish him the best of luck with the bike ride, which is supported by Santander. I hope his story helps to raise awareness of the BHF so we can continue our vital work.”

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Entry for the event on Sunday, May 13 is £15 for adults and £7.50 for children. For more information or to register visit, contact 0800 169 3672 or email