Pedal power raises vital funds

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A cyclist rode 420 miles to raise money in memory of a close friend’s daughter who died on Christmas Day last year.

In one week John Bailes cycled the distance across the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, climbing more than 2,000 metres both ways, in memory of Emily-Jane Wilson who died unexpectedly aged just 24.

John said: “She had been a heart transplant recipient since she was just 11 weeks old and her parents had therefore observed at close hand the wonderful gift of life a donated heart can give. Emily lived a full and very happy life.”

With this is mind people began raising as much money as possible for the Royal Brompton and Harefiled Hospitals Trust to buy a Levitronix machine in her memory.

The machine is a short-term mechanical heart which is used to support patients after critical cardiac operations or procedures.

The cost of each machine with tubing is around £11,500 and John’s efforts, along with those of family and friends has already raised £7,000.

To support John’s achievements and help other heart transplant recipients donate by visiting the website at