Wayne puts pedal to metal for daughter

Wayne Reeves, of Langley Mill, took on the 40 mile Peak District Bike ride last month in honour of his four-year-old daughter Erin.

Wayne Reeves, of Langley Mill, took on the 40 mile Peak District Bike ride last month in honour of his four-year-old daughter Erin.

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The father of a four-year-old heart patient has raised more than £750 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Wayne Reeves, of Langley Mill, took on the 40-mile Peak District Bike ride last month in honour of his four-year-old daughter Erin.

Erin was born with congenital heart disease and Down’s Syndrome and underwent major heart surgery at just four days old. Wayne and his wife, Diane, were told her chances of survival were slim.

But Erin defied the odds and recovered well from the operation at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital, before gaining enough weight to endure another bout of major heart surgery at seven months old.

Wayne, who completed the Peak District Bike Ride Challenge for the second time, said: “I am delighted to have raised £786 so far as this was more than my target. Supporting the BHF has really been a focus for us to give something back and help other families who have to go through what we went through.

“I really enjoyed the event and I would urge anyone to take on a BHF event as they are great fun and you know you are helping a great cause.”

In March, Erin underwent a successful check up and will see the doctors again next year. Wayne and Diane have since had one-year-old twins Harry and Seth. They also have daughter Megan, aged nine.

Sarah Kirkpatrick, organiser of the Peak District Bike Ride, said: “It is fantastic to see his family growing and that little Erin is doing so well. It is only with the support of people like Wayne that we are able to continue our life-saving work.”

Support Wayne at http://www.justgiving.com/WayneReeves. To find out more visit bhf.org.uk/events.