LETTER: Bike challenge to help heart charity

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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 24 September 2016 and help fight back against heart and circulatory disease, which is responsible for a quarter of all UK deaths.

There are currently around 920,000 people living with these conditions in the South East and it is responsible for over 21,500 deaths each year. The BHF is fighting back through its life saving research. 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 7million people living with these conditions but thanks to the public’s generosity, the BHF can continue to fund essential research which will mean a better future for so many.

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. This year we want to raise even more.

To help the BHF fund discoveries in the lab, sign up today. Entry fees will be £35. Register by visiting www.bhf.org.uk/l2boffroad or calling the events team on 0845 130 8663.

Kate McCormak

BHF event organiser, Hampstead Road, London NW1 7AW

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