Heart hero hikes 1,500 miles across Sweden in memory of mother

8 May 2015        

Fredrik Ahlburg Keate who is walking across Sweden for the BHF

Student Fredrik Ahlburg Keate, 22, from London, is walking the length of Sweden to raise money for our fight against heart disease, in memory of his mother.

Today, the young adventurer from Camden will start a four-month solo hike across more than 1,500 miles of Swedish countryside to raise vital funds for our life saving research.

Fredrik is taking on this unique challenge after his mother Sussie Ahlburg passed away with heart disease in 2013.

Fredrik's route

Starting from Malmo in the south, Fredrik will pass through Stockholm and his mother’s hometown Nynashamn, before heading to Kiruna, Sweden’s most northerly city.

Fredrik will spend the four months camping and even fishing for his own food. He will also be blogging about his progress throughout the trip to keep his supporters up to date.

Fredrik said: “This is an extremely exciting challenge and I hope to raise as much money as possible to help fund research into heart disease.

“My mother led a healthy lifestyle, always keeping active, but she had a history of heart problems and tragically passed away two years ago. It’s a sad reminder of how prevalent and destructive heart disease still is within our society.

“I love Sweden and feel deeply connected to the countryside there but have only seen a small part of it. By walking the full length of the country I hope to get a sense of Sweden as a whole and take time to remember the wonderful woman who so deeply shaped who I am, and who I hope to become.”

Louise Parkes, our Director of Fundraising, said: “It’s because of the incredible efforts of fundraisers like Fredrik going the extra mile that we can continue our life saving research.

“Heart disease continues to devastate thousands of families every year but through generous public donations we are able to continue funding vital research which will one day help us win the fight against heart disease."

Follow his journey

You can follow Fredrik’s journey on his blog and through his Twitter page. If you would like to sponsor Fredrik as he takes on this incredible challenge, visit his JustGiving page