Recovery marked by presentation of cycle ride spoils

Mark Croasdale presents the cheque to staff and patients of the cardiac rehabilitation service
Mark Croasdale presents the cheque to staff and patients of the cardiac rehabilitation service

A MAN who competed in the London to Brighton bike ride just one year after suffering a heart attack has presented a £1,300 cheque to the DGH.

Mark Croasdale was admitted to the hospital after suffering the heart attack in 2009.

He attended rehabilitation exercise sessions twice a week for two months and made such a good recovery that he was able to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride last year.

Mr Croasdale took part in the event again last Sunday (June 19) in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

And he has nothing but praise for the rehabilitation service.

He said, “It changed my life.

“When I started the rehabilitation sessions my confidence was down and my enthusiasm was down.

“Eight weeks later and my confidence was high and my enthusiasm was high, so much so that I decided to take part in the bike ride. It was very emotional when I crossed the finish line last year as I didn’t think I would be able to get in that position but the rehabilitation sessions gave me the motivation to do it.”

Mr Croasdale visited the rehabilitation service to present a cheque for £1,300 raised by the Freemasons.

A total of £700 was raised from a raffle held by the Rudyard Kipling Lodge in Battle, where Mr Croasdale is Master of the Lodge, with the remainder being donated by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex.

The money will be used to buy new heart rate monitors for patients using the rehabilitation service.