31st May 2012

Fundraiser for Alex Kaiser

 

 

Alex Kaiser know to many around Glossop died last month, his girlfriend Sarah is leading a charity bike ride in his memory.  Sarahs friend Jenna has written to us with an update.

Alex and Sarah were due to get married on the 7th July in a beautiful ceremony up on Sarah’s family farm on the outskirts of Bristol. They had spent months planning everything down to the finest detail; all the invitations were handmade and it was going to be somewhat of a ‘mini’ festival wedding. They had been together for the last 6 years and were totally 100% head over heels in love and planning the rest of their life together – their honeymoon was going to 3 months spent travelling the world. They were the perfect couple.

On the weekend of the 28th April Alex went away mountain biking in South Wales (which was one of his many passions), and he tragically fell asleep and never woke up. We believe that he suffered from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a heart muscle disease that makes the electrical impulses in the heart vulnerable to some dangerous and potentially fatal heart rhythms. Alex had a very very minor history of this but nothing that was a worry to any of us – so when we found out he had passed away it was a huge huge shock to all of us, something that we still cannot comprehend now.

Watching my best friend go through the emotions of trying to come to terms with what she has lost has really – for once in my life – has left me speechless. There are no words that can comfort her at the moment, and I think this is probably one of the saddest things I have ever had to contend with.

However – with every bad situation you must try to pull something positive out of it – so, in his memory and to raise money in his honour, 30 of us have taken on the challenge of cycling a 185 mile round trip from Manchester (where Alex was from) to Bristol to raise money for two very worthwhile charities that dedicate their time to helping fight the disease which took my wonderful friend away from us. Mountain biking was a huge part of Alex’s life and he would spend hours (much to the annoyance of Sarah) fiddling around with his prized’ bikes in their flat, taking bits apart, getting oil everywhere and then putting it all back together again.

Instead of the wedding that was meant to take place on July 7th, we are now holding a big memorial service where we will toast his short but fantastic life and celebrate the all round amazing person that he was.

We are planning to set off on July 5th from Manchester, and then cycle for the next 3 days – arriving back into Bristol at the farm and memorial service on July 7th. We have a target of £20,000 and in less than 26 hours we are already at over £5,000.

You can find out all of the details here – and laugh at all the 38 nutcases that have agreed to take part, look at the route we are taking, find out about the charities taking part and understand more of their story;

http://www.thekaiserchallenge.com/

jenna.knight@lucidonline.co.uk
Website http://thekaiserchallenge.com
Message

I wanted to get in touch about a possible story – 3 weeks ago my best friend Sarah tragically lost her fiance, 7 weeks before they were due to get married.

Alex and Sarah were due to get married on the 7th July in a beautiful ceremony up on Sarah’s family farm on the outskirts of Bristol. They had spent months planning everything down to the finest detail; all the invitations were handmade and it was going to be somewhat of a ‘mini’ festival wedding. They had been together for the last 6 years and were totally 100% head over heels in love and planning the rest of the their life together – their honeymoon was going to 3 months spent travelling the world. They were the perfect couple.

On the weekend of the 28th April Alex went away mountain biking in South Wales (which was one of his many passions), and he tragically fell asleep and never woke up. We believe that he suffered from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a heart muscle disease that makes the electrical impulses in the heart vulnerable to some dangerous and potentially fatal heart rhythms. Alex had a very very minor history of this but nothing that was a worry to any of us – so when we found out he had passed away it was a huge huge shock to all of us, something that we still cannot comprehend now.

Watching my best friend go through the emotions of trying to come to terms with what she has lost has really – for once in my life – has left me speechless. There are no words that can comfort her at the moment, and I think this is probably one of the saddest things I have ever had to contend with.

However – with every bad situation you must try to pull something positive out of it – so, in his memory and to raise money in his honour, 30 of us have taken on the challenge of cycling a 185 mile round trip from Manchester (where Alex was from) to Bristol to raise money for two very worthwhile charities that dedicate their time to helping fight the disease which took my wonderful friend away from us. Mountain biking was a huge part of Alex’s life and he would spend hours (much to the annoyance of Sarah) fiddling around with his prized’ bikes in their flat, taking bits apart, getting oil everywhere and then putting it all back together again.

Instead of the wedding that was meant to take place on July 7th, we are now holding a big memorial service where we will toast his short but fantastic life and celebrate the all round amazing person that he was.

We are planning to set off on July 5th from Manchester, and then cycle for the next 3 days – arriving back into Bristol at the farm and memorial service on July 7th. We have a target of £20,000 and in less than 26 hours we are already at over £5,000.

You can find out all of the details here – and laugh at all the 38 nutcases that have agreed to take part, look at the route we are taking, find out about the charities taking part and understand more of their story;

http://www.thekaiserchallenge.com/

Alex was from Manchester, but had made firm roots in Bristol and his death sparked a lot of media interest;

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Bristol-mountain-bike-rider-Alex-Kaiser-dead-van/story-15969723-detail/story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-17908231

Our aim is to raise as much as possible for our two charities and we want to do as much local press as possible.

Please get in touch if you would be interested in covering the story.

Thanks
Jenna

Jenna Knight • 0207 631 1991 | 07769974024
Head of Online PR
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