Chef on course for charity cycle ride

West Ham United chef Keith Ross has completed his 1,000 mile cycle ride to every Premiership club in the country - less than a year after suffering a life threatening heart attack.

He was accompanied on the gruelling 11-day tour - which began on Monday, March 12 - by Dr Andrew Deaner, the cardiologist who carried out the emergency procedure which saved his life.

Keith suffered a heart attack in July while on a day out with his family. The 37-year-old father of two, said: "I started getting chest pains while we were at the Dagenham Town Show and they became so unbearable that I eventually collapsed. I told my wife that something was really wrong and to call an ambulance."

He was taken by ambulance to the new Heart Attack Centre, based at the London Chest Hospital, in Bethnal Green.

Keith said: "The team at the London Chest Hospital saved my life and because I was treated so quickly I don't have any lasting damage and can get back to leading a normal life.

"I wanted to give something back in thanks for my treatment and a friend at work challenged me to cycle to every Premiership ground. I've been training for three months now and have been overwhelmed by the support I've received from West Ham, the London Chest Hospital and all the clubs we're going to visit. I can't wait for it."

The marathon cycle challenge will begin on Monday, March 12, at Upton Park and Dr Deaner, who works at The London Chest Hospital and King George Hospital near Illford, said: "I've always been a keen cyclist so when I heard of Keith's plans to cycle across England I couldn't stop myself volunteering to come along.

"I have to admit I'm slightly nervous about it all now, especially as you never know what sort of weather to expect in the middle of March. Hopefully we'll be able to raise a lot of money for what is really important research."

To sponsor Keith and Andrew and help the Heart Cells Appeal you can donate securely online here or send a cheque made payable to Heart Cells Appeal Fund. Post cheques to: Heart of the Game Cycle Ride, Fundraising Office, London Chest Hospital, Bonner Road, London E2 9JX.

Tickets are still available for the Heart of The Game Ball where supporters can join West Ham heroes Alan Devonshire, Tony Gale and Phil Parkes in celebrating Keith and Andrew's achievements.

The black-tie event of dinner and entertainment takes places at Upton Park on Friday, March 30, and the £75 tickets can be bought by calling Pat Gray or Antoinette Martin on 0208 983 2345 or emailing [email protected].