Fiona during her long distance cycle

 

A cardiac arrest while out cycling almost cost Fiona Grant’s husband his life but today the Broadford woman was expected to complete a 700 mile  two wheeler adventure that could help prevent others from dying.

For the past two weeks or so, Fiona has been on a massive cycle ride that has taken her from Lews Castle College UHI on Lewis to Shetland, Oban and then back to the college’s centre in her home village.

On the way Fiona, who works for the UHI and altogether will visit 13 of their university and college centres, has been raising funds for the Skye based Lucky2Bhere  as well as the UHI Scholarship Fund.

It was back in 2009 that Fiona’s husband Donnie was taking part in the gruelling Bealach Beag cycle sportive that he suffered a cardiac arrest. Fortunately trained staff were able to respond quickly and their skills saved him.

Urging others to support her causes Fiona said: “Defibrillators and trained members of the public within communities across Scotland make all the difference to saving lives.  Not everyone is lucky to have trained professionals right next to you at the time of a heart emergency.

“Lucky2Bhere not only provides much needed defibrillators and emergency life support training across Scotland, but supports and promotes healthy living and wellbeing.  Within the UK, coronary heart disease (CHD) is highest in Scotland and CHD death rates are very high in Scotland.  There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the UK each year.  The overall survival rate in the UK is less than 1 in 10.”

“I am raising funds for two different charities.  Both support people and are about improving people’s lives and chances.  They are interconnected for that reason.  Lucky2BHere keeping hearts beating and the UHI  Scholarship Fund supporting student progression.”