Pedalling back to a healthy life

Luton dad Don Goss who credits Sustrans with turning his life around after two heart attacks
Luton dad Don Goss who credits Sustrans with turning his life around after two heart attacks

A Luton father-of-two who suffered from depression and an exercise phobia after two heart attacks has pieced his life back together with pedal power.

Bikability instructor Don Goss, 59, of Warden Hills had a five-way heart bypass in 1998, but his life spiralled out of control following another heart attack in 2005.

He said: “I was drinking to block things out and couldn’t be bothered with anything.

“I became convinced if I did any exercise, I’d drop down dead – it’s frightening how easily I became a couch potato.”

Then a friend introduced him to the transport charity Sustrans which created and maintains the National Cycle Network.

Don became a volunteer and it changed his life.

He said: “I’ve met so many fantastic people who helped me regain my confidence. Every time I help a child or adult to ride a bike, I feel I’ve done something really valuable. The skills they’ve learned could even save their life – and that’s a great feeling.”

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