Mayor congratulates fundraising family

Published 30th August 2019

Fundraisers with Mayor

The family of a Tipton-born man have raised more than £8,600 in his memory in a series of sponsored activities – including a charity bike ride from Gosport, Hampshire to his former home in Owen Street, Tipton.

John Bohannan (Bo) aged 54, died suddenly in April last year at a family barbecue from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Son Danny, aged 27 and also from Gosport is now urging people to get their hearts checked so other families don’t suffer the same heartache.

The bike ride to Tipton was the 13th of 14 fundraising events in 14 months in memory of his father, supporting the British Heart Foundation, Heart UK and Heart Research UK.

He was joined by brother Gary, uncle Nick, his aunty Gina, fiancée Charlotte and family friend Glen along with other family members who provided marshalling support for the event.

The events are part of Danny’s on-going campaign, called #CheckYourHeart.

Sandwell Mayor, Councillor Dr Ann Jaron invited the family to the Mayor’s Parlour to congratulate them on their efforts after the 180-mile journey during which members of the team endured 11 punctures, a wasp-sting and major damage to one of the bikes.

Danny said: “In memory of Dad we are aiming to raise as much money as possible to help raise awareness of the importance of getting your heart checked out, and keeping your heart healthy.

“As a family, we pledged to take part in 14 events during 14 months, the bike ride was our 13th and the final one will be a charity football match.

“We set ourselves a target of raising £5,000 but altogether, we’ve now raised more than £8,600 for the three heart-related charities.

"We really appreciated the Mayor's invitation and talking to her about what we are trying to achieve."

Sandwell Mayor, Councillor Dr Ann Jaron, said: “ I would like to congratulate Danny and his family on their amazing fundraising efforts in memory of their dad.

“It’s great that they are raising awareness of heart health and that the three heart charities are benefiting from their hard work.”