CHESTER Heart Support Group was presented with a cheque for £5,000, courtesy of a group of charitable fundraising friends from Kingsley who completed a 900-mile sponsored cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats last summer.

The money will be used to buy a specialist ECG machine for the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Team, who work with patients to get them active again after suffering from heart-related health problems.

The fundraising team of Rob Crowther, Steve Pemberton, Keith Millington and Colin Johnson – known as OGLEJOG (Old Gits Lands End to John O’Groats) – also collected another £1,500 for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which focuses on leukaemia research and manages a national bone marrow donation register.

Steve said the hospital’s special team aided his own recovery two years ago and the donation was meant as a thank you for helping him and other local patients.

The fundraisers would also like to thank their friends, Patrick Milroy, Peter Holland, Alan Jarvis and Tony and Sue Whitby, for their support.