Bristol fundraiser to take on cycling challenge to help fund life saving heart research

13 September 2016        

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David Godden, aged 25 from Bristol, is taking on an adrenaline-fuelled bike ride for us to help fund life saving research, after experiencing heart disease first hand.

David Godden, 25, will be taking on our London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride, sponsored by Tesco and Jaffa, to raise vital funds in the fight against heart and circulatory disease. It’s a 75-mile long, multi terrain course that will see David navigating tricky technical descents and rocky paths.

David is taking on the challenge for the second time, alongside his friends Daniel Akers and Marcus Griffiths, after discovering he had a hole in his heart aged 18. 
With heart disease also running in his family, he is now giving back to the charity that has allowed him to lead a full and active life.

David explains: “From a young age, I took part in road cycling events, but found that I kept passing out at work and collapsing after ignoring mild chest pain. I ended up in and out of hospital and after nearly a year, I was told that I have a Patent Foramen Ovale, a hole in the heart that didn't close the way it should after birth as well as an enlarged heart. I was also showing signs of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

“Although there is a history of heart disease in my family, I was shocked. I didn’t know it could affect so many people, let alone be potentially life threatening. However, over a couple of years, I had numerous tests and treatments, which have helped me lead a full and active life. It’s thanks to the BHF’s research that these are available. Without these treatments and tests, who knows whether I would still be here, let alone taking on this 75-mile challenge. 

“As soon as I got the all clear from my Doctor, I signed up to the BHF’s London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride because I wanted to be part of something that could hopefully make it even better for the millions of people living with heart disease across the UK. This time I’m doing it with three friends, Daniel Akers, Christopher Thomas and Marcus Griffiths. 

“Dan also has a link with the BHF - he sadly lost his father to a heart attack in 2010. His dad was just 53. But with the BHF’s research, he was fortunate to have more time with him than would have been previously expected.”

“I am feeling really excited about the event. It’s an achievable goal, but there’s always the unknown of the British weather, which adds to the excitement and challenge element of the event. But I’m glad I, and my friends, have the chance to raise money doing something we enjoy for a charity so close to our hearts.”

Cycle for research

Unfortunately, it’s too late if you want to sign up to our London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride. But you can sign up to another of our cycling events, or head to David’s JustGiving page to help him reach his fundraising target. 

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