Bernie Lux’s fundraiser

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A Hailsham resident who got his health back on track after suffering from high blood pressure has finished a 1,000 mile cycle challenge for charity.

Bernie Lux made the most of his new-found fitness to raise funds a total of £970 for two charities close to his heart – St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Parkinson’s UK.

Bernie Lux cycled 1,000 miles on a machine at Hailsham Leisure Centre raising funds for St. Wilfrid's Hospice and Parkinsons UK November 28th 2013 E49007P

Bernie Lux cycled 1,000 miles on a machine at Hailsham Leisure Centre raising funds for St. Wilfrid's Hospice and Parkinsons UK November 28th 2013 E49007P

This time last year the 71-year-old was suffering with high blood pressure, breathlessness and he was three stone overweight.

He’d also never ridden a bike before.

But now he’s in peak condition and got saddled up for his challenge, which saw him cycle approximately four hours a day at Freedom Leisure Hailsham.

He was referred to the centre by his GP last year to help get his health back on track. He became a member there in January and lost three stones in six months.

When he retired aged 65, he gave up smoking and saw the pounds pile on but said he felt like a different person after losing the three stone.

Bernie became hooked on spinning classes after being encouraged to give one a try by an instructor.

He then struck on the idea of raising funds for the two charities by doing a mixture of spinning classes and cycling on an exercise bike in the newly refurbished reception area.

He completed the challenge last week which saw him cycle 1,000 miles, the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats. While cycling at the centre people could pop donations in the charity buckets or sign a sponsorship form.

Bernie said, “The staff have been brilliant, they have taught me everything I need to know about cycling and given me so much encouragement.

“I’m now looking for another challenge.”

Money from the fundraiser is still being collected.