A BELOVED barman who died suddenly from a heart attack will be remembered as part of a charity cycle through Berkshire.

Jon Wren was employed at the Nag's Head on Russell Street before his sad death in June and so a team of punters and colleagues decided to honour him.

Jonathan Woodcock, who organised the fundraising event, is attempting to raise money and awareness for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by pedalling 140 miles with his team on Saturday and Sunday.

He said: “We wanted to get involved because Jon was a good friend and has sadly passed away and we want to remember him by doing something for a charity that does great work and will hopefully prevent similar situation in the future.

“Jon was a fantastic guy and it is because of this that the patrons of the Nags Head, friends and colleagues decided to do this challenge to raise money for research so that we can try to put a stop to people being taken from us too soon.

“We are hoping to raise £500 plus for the BHF helping them to fund the research that is so urgently needed to fight heart disease.

“It has been incredibly easy to coordinate and great fun to organise.”

The team start their ride at the Nag's Head on both days before making their way through Pangbourne, Hungerford and Newbury on the first day of the challenge.

Twyford, Maidenhead and Windsor will complete the 220km journey in memory of Mr Wren, who was in his 60s when he died.

Lewis Honeywill, fundraising manager at the BHF, added: “We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people fundraise for the BHF.

"Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful for their support.

“We urgently need more people to join our fight for every heartbeat and help power our life saving research.”