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Couple’s fundraising for heart charity has extra family significance

A Shrewsbury couple’s decision to raise money for the British Heart Foundation has taken on personal significance after a family tragedy this summer.


Paul Cox had already cycled 140 miles coast to coast from Whitehaven to Hartside, Tyneside in two days with two mates in May and his wife Jo, then decided to do the Three Peaks Challenge, conquering Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours.


Paul raised £200 and his wife added another £300 for the BHF, while his friends, Ray Scott and Colin Preece, raised £200 for Severn Hospice.


Then, in July, tragedy struck when Paul’s mum, Pam, of Springfields, Shrewsbury, died aged 74 after a heart bypass operation.


“She knew she was seriously ill,” said Paul, “but it still came as a great shock when she died. Donations at the funeral raised another £350 for the British Heart Foundation.


“My mum’s death has been a reminder about the importance of looking after your heart by staying fit and healthy.”


Paul, who has worked as a maintenance electrician for Morris Lubricants in Shrewsbury for 34 years, had opted to raise money for the BHF because it was his employer’s adopted charity this year.


The company chose the charity after works supervisor Adrian Griffiths, 47, died from a heart attack in January.


“This year’s fundraising challenge has been particularly poignant following the tragic loss of Adrian Griffiths and Paul’s mum,” said Morris Lubricants’ managing director Andrew Goddard. “We hope to raise another significant sum for the British Heart Foundation as a fitting tribute to them.”


Morris Lubricants and sister company, Morris Leisure, have raised £44,000 for charity over the last three years, including £20,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust in 2012, £12,000 for Severn Hospice in 2013 and £12,000 last year for the Midland and Wales Air Ambulance services.


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