A FUNDRAISER has completed a sponsored bike ride from the Isle of Wight to Stornoway riding more than 900 miles in support of CRY, a registered charity providing free tests for young people who may be susceptible to sudden death due to undiagnosed cardiac problems.

Michael Coleran was supported by Freemasons in Chester and Christleton.

Michael said: “The ride was challenging, painful but rewarding”

“This had such a profound effect on the family, I knew I had to do something for this amazing charity,” added Michael whose brother died at an early age from such undiagnosed problems.

Both Michael and his brother served as prison officers on the Isle of Wight and Michael got a good send off from The Governor of Parkhurst who also sponsored the ride.

Additional sponsorship came from family and friends.

Michael, who lives in Garstang. asked for support from Chester Freemason and brother in law, Syd Ford, who is a member of both Loyal City Lodge and Clarence Chapter (both of which meet in Christleton).

Syd asked the members to support the charity. Together a sum of £5434 was raised.

"Well done, Michael," Syd said. “It’s heart-warming to know something good can come from such a tragedy. Michael and his brother were very close and I know how determined he was to finish the ride.

"It is testament to how much people care for the family and their loss that such a terrific sum was raised from family, friends and supporters”.

This is not the first time Michael has raised money for charity by riding from the Isle of Wight to Stornaway - in 2012 he rode for the British Heart Foundation