“If circumstances had been different,
I am sure that he would have continued to have a positive effect on all those around him and actually make a significant difference to many people's lives both locally and on
a wider platform.”
Ian Bagshaw Dan’s older brother
Tragically, Dan died on October 14th 2012, aged just 27, during an ITU Olympic distance triathlon in Hong Kong, when after successfully completing the swim and cycling events, and whilst on the finish line of the run, he was seen to collapse.
Without any warning or symptoms, Dan suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. His subsequent post mortem revealed a perfect structurally normal heart, and the cause of death was attributed to sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS).
A tremendously intelligent, fit and active young man, Dan had achieved so much in such a short space of time. Amongst these achievements Dan gained a clean sweep of grade A results
at GCSE and A Level while attending Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and graduated from Oxford University New College with a degree
in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and then subsequently secured a position as a corporate lawyer with a top international law firm.
In his spare time, Dan was extremely active and loved all sports, completing many events for a variety of charitable causes, including triathlons, marathons, climbing to Everest base camp and completing gruelling mountain stages of the Tour de France.
Dan fully participated in every activity available to him and worked exceptionally hard in order to maximise every opportunity and experience. He was a young man with so much potential, that he was only just beginning to truly fulfil.
An active fundraiser, Dan had often spoken to his brothers about setting up a charity and the family felt it was a fitting tribute to realise this vision in his name.
Dan's Trust | Registered Charity Number: 1149893