TWO FORMER Mousehole Boys' Brigade members have completed a gruelling 900-mile cycle ride to save Cornish hearts.
Martin Pezzack and Jason Jenkin, who grew up in west Penwith and went to the now Mount's Bay Academy in Penzance, took up the John o' Groats to Land's End challenge to raise £7,000 for a heart screening session to be held at the school for two days next month.
The pair rode alongside seven others and have collected £5,000 towards their target, with the unit booked in for the sixth form centre over October 26 and 27.
Mr Pezzack lost his sister to sudden death syndrome in 2007; it is said that 12 young, seemingly fit and healthy people die every week from undetected heart defects.
After his sister's death a fund was set up within organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to raise awareness and funds to prevent other families from losing a loved one.
It will be the second time the screening unit has visited Penzance, giving everyone aged 14 to 35 the opportunity to get checked out free of charge.
Mr Pezzack and Mr Jenkin would like to thank the local businesses who supported their efforts, such as Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding, South Play Nets, Stevensons of Newlyn, Falmouth Hotel, GM Peart Car Repairs, Mr Dugdale of Penwithian and J Gilbert of St Justin's – and many others who have supported the cause.
The other cyclists were raising money for Cancer Research UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
To donate, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/JoGLE072013