Across Great Britain in 10 days
On Father’s day in 2019, Wendy Shaw went to wake her 19-year-old son Jon, only to find that he had passed away in his sleep overnight. The cause of his death was SUDEP – Sudden Death in Epilepsy; a phenomenon that causes around 600 deaths each year in the UK. Although Jon had lived with epilepsy for several years, he and his family were unaware of this risk.
As a result, Wendy founded the Jon Shaw Foundation with the aim of making more families aware of the risks of SUDEP, providing grants for the purchase of night time monitoring equipment that is unavailable on the NHS, and supporting the mental health of young people who have lost siblings for any reason.
This August my sister Christina and I will be riding from Lands’ End to John o’ Groats – a distance of 1010 miles – over 10 days to raise money for the Jon Shaw foundation.
We’ll be supported by my partner Mike, who is Jon’s brother and also Christina’s husband Martyn. We are aiming to raise at least £1500 and would be very grateful for any donations. Our fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/isabelle-pettit1 and you can follow our progress on twitter @pelotonpettit. More information about the Jon Shaw Foundation can be found at www.jonshawfoundation.org.