Charity ride on day couple were due to marry
A YOUNG woman spent what should have been her wedding day on a charity cycle ride in memory of her Bristol fiance who died of a mystery heart condition.
Sarah Hoare was due to marry Clifton electrical engineer Alex Kaiser at Nempnett Thrubwell on Saturday.
But the 28-year-old was found dead in his camper van in South Wales six weeks ago after taking part in a cross-country BMX race.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Kaiser was suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition.
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Miss Hoare and nearly 40 of the friends spent what would have been her wedding day on the charity cycle ride. The group is making its way from Mr Kaiser's childhood home of Glossop, in Derbyshire, to Nempnett Thrubwell in Somerset where Miss Hoare was brought up.
The bride-to-be told how she spent the day before her fiance died having a fitting for her bridal gown – then on a night out with her girlfriends.
She said: "Alex and I had been planning the wedding of a century. We couldn't wait. But when I got home at 3am that night I started crying inconsolably – I later learned that was the moment Alex passed away.
"We were so close – no one had to tell me anything was wrong, I just knew it in my bones.
"The last text I received from Alex, he told me that he loved me. I'm so lucky that he told me that in the last contact we had."
She added: "We had six years together and he made me the happiest woman alive, making sure that we laughed every day.
"I didn't anticipate this would be the end of our story – we were just about to begin a new chapter together. But I know we shared more happy times in six years than many people get from 60 years of marriage, and nothing can take that away from me.
"He was already my husband in both heart and soul and I have promised him that I will make him proud."
Miss Hoare, who works in recruitment, raised the alarm after failing to get hold of her fiance.
The police found him dead in the back of the VW van where he had been sleeping near the race track.
Miss Hoare revealed that her fiance had visited the doctor a week before after experiencing dizzy spells but he was told it was nothing to worry about.
Proceeds from the bike ride will go to the Cardiomyopathy Association and Cardiac Risk in the Young.