Ten years ago, Melanie joined a team taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride. They would go on to complete the race then go on to become great friends. The team, all mums, hadn’t cycled much so it was more about fitness then. Now, a decade later the team is back together and riding for an altogether different reason. 

For us, there is no better way to remember Suzanne than by completing the London to Brighton Bike Ride.

This year we are riding in memory of our team member, Suzanne, who sadly died in 2010 after suffering a series of strokes and a brain haemorrhage. Suzanne was about the same age me, which really brought it home. I thought strokes only happened to older people.

She was at home on the phone to a friend when severe headaches came on. Her friend called an ambulance, which got Suzanne to hospital. But on arrival, doctors found she’d suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage. She was operated on and we were all hoping for the best but it wasn’t to be. While in hospital she had a fatal brain bleed and she never recovered from.

For us, there’s no better way to remember Suzanne than by riding again in the London to Brighton Bike Ride. We’ll be doing a toast to her at Turners Hill, which we know is going to be poignant moment; but I’m sure we’ll feel pride as well – in memory of our friend. We’ll be supporting each other all the way, soaking up the atmosphere and appreciating the shouts of encouragement from the people who line the route. 

We’re all proud to be part of the BHF’s biggest annual fundraiser, doing what we can to raise funds that go towards life-saving research into heart and circulatory diseases.

And the best bit? Suzanne’s family along with all our families will be there to cheer us on.  

To help us fund our vital research, take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2019. Together, we will beat heartbreak forever.