‘We are just a few days away from riding the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride and my team and I are so excited to be taking on Europe’s biggest charity cycling event on Sunday 16 June (2013).
‘To get prepared for the big day, I have been cycling as much as possible, trying to clock up the miles. Ahead of training, I was cycling around 12 miles a day and this event has been a great excuse for me to get on my bike and cover even more distance.
‘I’m looking forward to being taken through some incredible scenery, leaving the London streets to wind down country lanes and finally ending our journey at the sunny Brighton seafront, alongside thousands of other cyclists. It will be so nice to cross the finish line with my team. Doing the event with friends is really going to help when the ride gets tough in places – I’ve heard Ditchling Beacon is pretty steep!’
The British Heart Foundation (or BHF) is a charity organisation in Britain that funds research, education, care and awareness campaigns aimed to prevent heart diseases in humans.
The British Heart Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals who were concerned about the increasing death rate from cardiovascular disease. They wanted to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.
It is a major funder and authority in cardiovascular research, education and care, and relies predominantly on voluntary donations to meet its aims. In order to increase income and maximise the impact of its work, it also works with other organisations to combat premature death and disability from cardiovascular disease.
‘We are proud to be riding for such a great cause and hope that people will dig deep and help the BHF to raise much-needed funds for the research needed to tackle coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.
‘The BHF does some truly amazing work and by taking part in an event like the London to Brighton Bike Ride, you can play a key role in the fight against heart disease. The money raised will help fund essential research by the BHF, which could create a better future for so many – from babies born with heart defects, to the millions of adults affected by heart disease.’
Inspired to use your pedal power to help fight heart disease? Register your interest to take part in London to Brighton 2014.
The British Heart Foundation focuses on five areas of cardiovascular health:
-Research – BHF will continue to pioneer research into the causes of heart disease and improved methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
-Information – BHF will provide vital information to help people reduce their own heart health risk.
-Campaigning – BHF will get government to establish policies that minimise the risk of developing heart and circulatory disease
-Care – BHF will help attain the highest possible standards of care and support for patients.
-Equality – BHF will reduce inequalities in the levels of heart disease across the UK
In 2006 The British Heart Foundation had an income of just over £100m. In 2010 the BHF spent their income on Research (57%), care and prevention (43%).