Deborah Malin and her family are taking part in the iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride, in memory of her father Tony, who suddenly passed away from a heart attack aged 58 in 2001.
"From the age of 51, I’ve made the journey up to London every year for the BHF’s London to Brighton Bike Ride. I love doing the event, not only because it is a great way to increase my fitness, but because it holds a special place in my heart for a number of reasons.
"My father passed away when he was 58 and I was 25. His sudden death came as a complete shock and it really made me appreciate the need for BHF’s life saving research even more.
"While I grew up in South London, I would spend Sundays in Brighton with my family as a young child and as the London to Brighton Bike Ride coincides with Father’s Day, it really is the perfect chance to take the time to think about my dad and feel closer to him.
I am proud to see the London to Brighton Bike Ride become a movement; a wave of individuals sharing their experiences with cardiovascular disease through cycling.
"I have seen first-hand how much the event has grown into what it is today, with more and more people signing up to participate each year.
"Starting out as a lone rider in 2007, the event is now a family occasion, with my husband and children riding alongside me - something I hope will carry on when I’m no longer able to participate. Last year’s cycle was particularly poignant – I was 58 then and my daughter was 25, the same age as my father and I when he passed away.
"What is so inspiring about the event is that every single person who participates has something in common and a story to tell. I am proud to see the London to Brighton Bike Ride become a movement; a wave of individuals sharing their experiences with cardiovascular disease through cycling.”
Heart attack history
Our life saving research over the past 50 years has helped to revolutionise treatments which means that around 70% of people now survive a heart attack.
But there is still so much more we can do. To help us fund our vital research, you can sponsor Deborah by visiting her JustGiving page or take part in the event yourself.
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