The London to Brighton Bike Ride is a family affair for Brighton-based household

27 April 2016        

Deborah Malin and her family will be jumping on their saddles for our iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride this June. Deborah Malin and her family will be jumping on their saddles for our iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride this June, in memory of her father Tony, who suddenly passed away from a heart attack aged 58 in 1982. 

"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 from a heart attack 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.

"As I was growing 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 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 heart 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.

Take part

There are still places available for this year’s London to Brighton Bike Ride. Join thousands of cyclists on 19 June 2016 and help us fight against heart disease.

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