My name is Gordon Paterson from Canada born in Kelowna B.C and grew up in Port Coquitlam from 1960 until I left to travel in 1983. I have lived in Scotland since 1987 and now reside just outside Edinburgh. In 2013 my Aunt passed away in the hospital unexpectedly due to heart and stroke complications. In 2015 I received that unwanted phone call, that my Mom suffered a stroke and from which she never recovered. Fortunately, I managed to get to her the day before she passed away. Then in 2016, my Father suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and through hard work and support within the hospital and in the community he recovered. I knew that I wanted to help those affected by heart disease and stroke in some way. When I had made the connection with Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) and saw the work that they do through funding research into heart disease and stroke, providing recovery support and promoting a healthy active lifestyle for those affected by heart disease and stroke I knew this was where I could help. So I created this page because I want to make a difference. Inspired by the work of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland I wanted to support them by raising funds by doing the UK - Canada C2C Cycle Challenge.
Cyling the length of UK (LEJOG Landsend to John o'Groats) and across Canada (Halifax to Vancouver) unsupported. A total of 8,205 Kilometers or 5,098 miles in 77 cycling days.
Be part of the journey. If anybody would like to stop me on my journey and tell me their story or by e-mail (email@example.com) of how they, their family or friend have been affected by heart disease and stroke, please do. If anybody would like to ride alongside me for any distance you are very welcome. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can by using the 'Donate' button. The more people that know about Chest Heart Stroke Scotland, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. By being part of the journey you will help CHSS continue the vital work they do within the community and in research.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!