WHY BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION?
October sees me Cycling to the Skegness in support of the British Heart Foundation.
Heart complaints run throughout my family and friends, be it angina, arrhythmia, or other complications. These have led to strokes or even heart attacks, which both of my uncles have suffered from and, due to the wonderful work done by the British Heart foundation and other similar organisations, survived with the chance to live a reasonable lifestyle afterwards.The level of awareness of the issues that can affect the most important muscle in your body is still tragically low, with people unaware of what signs to look for or how they can prevent or reduce the risks. I hope to change that.
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?
The challenge for October is a 100m Bike ride from Hinckley to Skegness in one day, setting off at approx. 8am and arriving around 8pm. The challenge here is that I haven’t road a bike since I was in College (20 years ago), and have never travelled more than 10miles on a bike, either on the road or in a gym!
WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?
Dan is one of my oldest friends. A guitar maestro and AV legend, when he’s not plugging in or rocking out Dan is more than happy in the saddle. He’ll be joining me in training rides and on the day of our seaside jaunt.
October sees the return of Mr Currie. At home in lashings of Lycra, Paul will be setting the pace of the day’s activity along with Neil. His endless enthusiasm and boundless energy will definitely push me on to Skeggy.
After 4 years out of the saddle, Neil returns to support me on this ride. With all the gear from previously commuting by bike for 3 years, I’m hoping he has some idea of how we’re getting to the coast.
WHO ARE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION?
We fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. Heart diseases. Stroke. Vascular dementia. Diabetes. They’re all connected, and they’re all under our microscope.
Targeting the world’s biggest killers
Research has given us machines that can restart hearts, the ability to fix arteries in tiny babies, the power to give someone a heart they weren’t born with, and so much more.
But heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 in the UK, they cause heartbreak on every street. And that’s why our work is as urgent and vital as ever.
Our research, is the promise to protect the people we love. Our parents. Our brothers. Our sisters. Our grandparents. Our closest friends.
Research is who we are. The promise of future preventions, treatments and cures.
People’s donations have got us this far. Every breakthrough we’ve made, funded by people like you.
Thanks to our research, today more people than ever survive heart and circulatory diseases. But these conditions still cause heartbreak for millions of families – killing 1 in 4 people. We will change that.
We research heart diseases because they all have one thing in common – they stop your heart working properly. From heart failure to congenital defects, research is happening now.
We all have a circulatory system, but if blood can’t flow properly through your veins and arteries it puts you at risk. We research circulatory conditions ranging from stroke to vascular dementia.
Risk factors are things that increase your risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases. Like diabetes or high blood pressure. We research risk factors like these to protect your health.
Clot busting drugs. Transplants. Miniscule devices to correct heartbeats. The breakthroughs we’ve made in just over 50 years are the promise of cures and treatments to come.
Reflections of Research is our annual competition, reflecting the groundbreaking research we fund through images. This research would not be possible without your donations.
Our researchers are committed to finding cures and treatments for heart and circulatory diseases. Get to know some of the people behind our life saving research.