Sign up to sup­port BHF’s vi­tal cause

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I AM writ­ing to call upon your read­ers to sign up for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion’s (BHF) an­nual Lon­don to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride on Satur­day Septem­ber 24 and help fight back against heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease, which is re­spon­si­ble for a quar­ter of all UK deaths.

There are cur­rently around 628,000 peo­ple liv­ing with these con­di­tions in Lon­don and it is re­spon­si­ble for close to 13,500 deaths each year.

The BHF is fight­ing back through its life sav­ing re­search and to date BHF re­search has helped halve death rates from heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease over

the past 50 years, trans­form­ing treat­ments for heart attack to pioneer­ing the sur­gi­cal tech­niques that en­sure most ba­bies now sur­vive con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease.

How­ever there is still a long way to go. Across the UK there are seven mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing with these con­di­tions, but thanks to the pub­lic’s gen­eros­ity, the BHF can con­tinue to fund es­sen­tial re­search.

Last year, the amaz­ing fundrais­ers who took on the 75-mile cy­cle chal­lenge helped to raise around £300,000 for the BHF’s vi­tal re­search into heart dis­ease.

By sign­ing up to the BHF’s Lon­don to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride and con­quer­ing this pop­u­lar event, the money you help raise will fund the BHF’s re­search to im­prove the lives of those af­fected by heart dis­ease.

Reg­is­tra­tion is now open for Europe’s big­gest char­ity moun­tain­bike ride. This unique event takes rid­ers through steep for­est in­clines to tricky tech­ni­cal de­scents, rocky paths and adren­a­line-pump­ing sin­gle tracks.

It’s a ride suit­able for cy­clists of all abil­i­ties aged 16 and above.

En­try fees will be £35. Regis­ter at­froad or call the events team on 0845 130 8663. KATE MCCORMAK BHF Event Or­gan­iser

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