Dad’s plan to get his kicks on Route 66

Stuart Broadhead with some of his motorcycle collection

Stuart Broadhead with some of his motorcycle collection

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“YOU get your kicks on Route 66!” Or so the song goes.

And that’s exactly what heart patient Stuart Broadhead and his three pensioner pals are preparing to do.

And it’s all for a good cause.

The 70-year-old is planning a 5,000-mile motorcycle trip across America, taking in the USA’s most famous highway during his ride of a lifetime.

Stuart will be killing two birds with one stone, raising money for the South Yorkshire Heart Appeal.

The dad-of-two has had 12 heart operations over the years and says he owes his life to the Chesterman Wing at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

He said: “I want to raise money for the South Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Centre because without them I wouldn’t be here.”

Stuart, founder and director of the Barnsley Lock and Safe Company, suffers from hereditary heart problems and had his first heart bypass when he was just 43.

He said: “I have been to America before on business and this is a route I’ve always wanted to do on a motorbike.”

He will be joined by Terry Windle aged 72, Barry Orr, 84, and Ron Woodward, 74.

The quartet will set off at the beginning of May and the trip will take around a month.

Stuart, who is married to Megan and has two sons, Graham and Colin, is hoping to visit the relocated London Bridge in Arizona.

Graham said: “My dad has done some amazing things and achieved so much in his life.

“As a family we have seen how much he has gone through with his heart problems and we worry about him but he has never wanted mollycoddling and has always looked for the next challenge.”

Barry Orr said: “With a collective age of 300 years it may be the last time some of us have the opportunity to do this.”

Carol Denton, from the South Yorkshire Heart Appeal said: “Stuart is very determined and it is wonderful he is combining this road trip with raising funds for us.”

n For information about the appeal or to sponsor Stuart email carol.denton2@sth.nhs.uk or call 0114 3052105.

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