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Cycling from Ashtead to Maerdy in memory of Karen

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Tony Suwalski

In aid of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust I will be cycling approx. 200 miles to mark what would have been mine and Karen's 33rd wedding anniversary.

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My wife Karen died from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on 22nd December 2015. She was 61. We were together for 36 years, and in that time we welcomed three daughters and a grandson into the world. Karen fought her debilitating and life-limiting illness for the last 2 years of her life and sadly she passed away just as we were about to embark on our retirement together. My family and I feel a huge and indescribable loss for such an amazing wife, mother and grandmother.

It is not known what caused Karen’s Pulmonary Fibrosis, and many others are in the same situation. There is no known cure. Please help by donating what you can.

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Cycling 200 miles for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust

In Karen’s memory and in aid of helping the sufferers of Pulmonary Fibrosis I want to mark what would have been our 33rd wedding anniversary with a cycle ride from our home in Ashtead, Surrey to where we were married in Ferndale, Rhondda Valley, and then on to Karen's hometown of Maerdy.
My friends kindly bought me a very nice Boardman hybrid bike for my recent 60th birthday and I have started training with the aim to complete around 200 miles of cycling in 4 days mainly along cycle paths by canals, rivers, and through the countryside that Karen loved so much.

Karen was a true fighter and never gave up. I hope I can emulate her spirit and honour her memory.

You can view pictures and updates of my progress on:

Event date

14-September-2016 07:00  - 
30-April-2017 18:00

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We just read about your cycle ride in the local Guardian. Good on you.
Donation by Alan and Karin Morris
on 30-09-2016
£0.00 gift aid
Well done, Tony. A great feat for such a good cause.
Donation by Dennis Sheal
on 19-09-2016
£7.50 gift aid
Woohoo! Well done Tony! What an amazing, inspirational achievement. I hope you are now having a well earned rest x
Donation by Jess Hall
on 18-09-2016
£8.75 gift aid
Well done Tony!
Donation by Ste Buckley
on 18-09-2016
£5.00 gift aid
Money is a small thank you for all that Karen meant to me.
Donation by Jiffy
on 17-09-2016
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 17-09-2016
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Deborah and Nigel
on 16-09-2016
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Donation by LC
on 16-09-2016
£2.50 gift aid
Hi Tony , so sorry to hear the sad news about your wife. I cannot believe that we both live in Ashtead, it's Jeff from Eliot college UKC,please get in touch when you are recovered from your cycling challenge
Donation by Jeff Wilkes
on 15-09-2016
£5.00 gift aid
GO Tony! Karen would be so proud of you, as are we all!!! Good luck!!! Love Rach, Andy, Ava, Neve & Flynn xx
Donation by The O'Boyles
on 14-09-2016
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Donation summary

Online Donations: £6,101.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £6,101.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £7,485.00

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