Dr David Aslett

male cyclist cycling up a hill wearing a bhf-branded top and cycling helmet

Dr David Aslett hasn’t just taken on the London to Brighton Bike Ride once – he’s been using pedal power to fund our life saving heart research for over 25 years, in honour of his best friend, raising an incredible £25,000.

"I originally signed up because it was a fun way to keep fit, but eight years into my annual ride, my GP partner and friend Dr Mike Tomlinson unexpectedly collapsed and passed away from a cardiac arrest.

"It was a complete shock. We were out cycling at the time, in preparation for the London to Brighton Bike Ride when Mike collapsed. My friend John cycled off to get help while I administered CPR until the ambulance arrived. Sadly he was unable to be resuscitated.

Witnessing how life can get taken away in an instant was devastating. Since that fateful day, I decided to take on the challenge in his memory, raising as much money as I can for BHF’s life saving research.

“I couldn’t believe what had happened, as he had no history of heart problems, and witnessing how life can get taken away in an instant was devastating.

"Since that fateful day, I decided to take on the challenge in his memory, raising as much money as I can for BHF’s life saving research.

"As a local GP, my patients play a huge role in my fundraising success. I put up a notice board in the waiting room asking for sponsors and their generosity is unbelievable – some individuals donating £300. I think all 13,000 patients at the surgery know I do it each year now! 

"The event is super enjoyable. I have always been a lover of cycling, and look forward to the training to make sure I am physically prepared for the ride. To train, I will go on rides in my local area as well as getting involved in one of the other BHF challenge events."

To sponsor Dr David Aslett and help us continue to fund vital research visit his JustGiving page.