Neil and I have set a challenge in memory of my dad, Pat Loaring, who died in January 2017.
Neil is cycling from dad's house in Kingstone, Staffordshire to Lizard Point in Cornwall in the first week of May 2019. All in all it's a route of about 400 miles.
Dad was born in Somerset and lived in the West Country until he moved to Staffordshire when he was 32. A place he loved and visited almost every year for the past 20 years was Helford, Cornwall. So, our route will take in many of dad's favourite places and include cycling through Helford just before reaching our designation of Lizard Point, the most southerly point on the British mainland.
Dad was 71 and physically healthy when he died suddenly, 2 days after a visit to his GP presenting with breathlessness and discomfort when lying down. He was sent for a Chest x-ray on Thursday 19th January with the assumption that he had a partially collapsed lung. He then was sent home to await the results.
On Saturday 21st his breathlessness increased and an ambulance was
called. Dad collapsed and passed away within the hour. We later found
out the breathlessness, and ultimately his heart stopping, was caused by
a pulmonary embolism. The pulmonary embolism was a piece, or pieces, of
a blood clot that had travelled from his leg (Deep Vein Thrombosis,
DVT) into his lungs. Together these are known as Venous Thromboembolism