Blackburn man who suffered near fatal brain haemorrhage cycles to European capitals to raise charity money (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Blackburn man who suffered near fatal brain haemorrhage cycles to European capitals to raise charity money
A BLACKBURN man, who in 2009 suffered a near-fatal brain haemorrhage, has finally finished a two-year cycle ride to every capital city in Europe in aid of three charities.
Steven Primrose-Smith, 43, has raised thousands of pounds for Blood Pressure UK, Action for Animals and Uset, which was set up by the Open University.
Steven, who splits his time between the Isle of Man and Spain, where his girlfriend Nina Cordaydownes, 25, lives, grew up in Blackburn and Great Harwood and lived in East Lancashire until he was 25.
As well as completing the 22,076 mile bike ride, he also found time to study for three degrees courses with the Open University along the way.
Steven said: “It was great to ride through Blackburn a few days ago and my auntie and cousin still live here so it was really nice to see them too.
“It was such an amazing experience and I had a great time. Such a huge challenge was very demanding and it worked out to around 500 days in the saddle. Blood Pressure UK is very close to my heart after my experience, and it was great to represent Action for Animals, which my girlfriend set up, and Uset as well. There were so many highlights along the way but Prague, Berlin, Rome and Sarajevo particularly stand out.”
Katharine Jenner, CEO at Blood Pressure UK, said: “We are thrilled Steven has completed this phenomenal challenge, despite nearly dying as a result of high blood pressure. Sadly, many others haven’t been so lucky. Early diagnosis of high blood pressure is vital, which is why Blood Pressure UK is offering free blood pressure checks around the country.”
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