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Clare is an intern writer at The Lincolnite. She is currently studying for her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. Clare is a published poet and enjoys writing TV comedy scripts in her spare time.

Damian Roberts and Martin Kennedy are taking on a massive challenge for a charity close to their heart

In 2009 Jo and Martin Kennedy’s daughter, Trinity, was born with a congenital heart defect. At just 14 hours old, she was given emergency open-heart surgery and is now a very happy and healthy 3-year-old.

Adam Tansey, a friend of Jo and Martin, found himself in a similar situation, when his son Albert was born with congenital heart defect.

This is how Keep the Beat was founded, reaching out to those affected with CHD in the East Midlands area.

Adam set up a cycling team, and it is from there, that Adam, Martin and six other teammates—including former England rugby coach, Graham Rowntree—decided to challenge themselves to a charity coast-to-coast cycle ride.

On June 30 the eight cyclists will start at Seascale in Cumbria and finish in Whitby, North Yorkshire, totaling 145 miles, including 4600 metres of hill climbs. It is all to be completed in one day.

Congenital Heart Defects, also known as CHD’s are the number one birth defect in the UK. According to statistics, CHD affects 1 in 133 live births.

Jo Kennedy, from North Hykeham said, “The whole purpose of the charity is to raise money, support families and raise awareness, as there are many, many, babies born with CHD every year.”

She added” “We’d never heard of CHD until Trinity was born. It was a real shock to the system.

“Keepthebeat will hopefully inform people of the heart condition and help families that are in a similar situation that we were in.”

Jo has every faith that the eight cyclists will complete the cycle challenge, and said: “They’re all strong cyclists so I’m confident that they can do it.”

If you would like to support Keep the Beat’s coast-to-coast cycle challenge, then visit their Virgin Money Giving page.

Photo by Joshua Potter for The Lincolnite

A Lincoln company employing 300 people is set to relocate.

HomeLet has agreed a deal with development specialists Westleigh Commercial to move to bigger premises at the Edge West Office Park from its offices on Green Lane in North Hykeham.

Work has now begun on the new £3 million, 25,000 square foot building and is expected to take six months to complete.

Ian Fraser, Managing Director of Homelet, said: “The new building will not only boost efficiency and service delivery, but also be a more pleasant place to work, which will help to retain the skilled team members we already have. It will also attract new employees, when positions within the company become available.”

Matt Moore, Property Director at Leicester-based Westleigh Commercial, added: “We are delighted to have agreed this deal with HomeLet to build their new bespoke head office here at the Edge West development.

“The site meets the needs of companies who require a central location with on-site parking and very close access to both the city centre and transportation links.”

Source: Westleigh

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