Paul Geldart will be jumping on his bike for us on Sunday when he takes on our London to Brighton Bike Ride in honour of his father Bill, who suffered a heart attack at the end of last year and became the world’s first patient to benefit from a pioneering procedure.
On Sunday, Paul will join Team Tesco on our famous London to Brighton Bike Ride. Cycling from city to sea, Paul and his colleagues will cycle a total of 54 miles, including the mile-long climb up Ditchling Beacon, before reaching the finish line.
Paul is cycling to raise funds for our life saving research after his father became the first patient in the world to benefit from a procedure using the HeartMate PHP cardiac assist device.
“On Boxing Day 2015, our happy Christmas break turned into a nightmare after my dad suffered a heart attack. We rushed to South Tees Hospital, where consultants informed us surgery was out of the question, as my dad had a pre-existing lung condition. They told us his options were limited.
“Just as we were about to lose hope, cardiologists at the James Cook University Hospital suggested a brand new procedure which used the HeartMate PHP cardiac assist device. This new equipment would pump blood around the body to keep his heart beating at a normal rhythm as four stents were inserted into his arteries.
“It was risky. My dad would be the world’s first to have this procedure, but we didn’t have much choice if we wanted him to pull through.
“My dad made a remarkable recovery. What the hospital did was amazing, but it’s thanks to the BHF that devices like these can be developed to increase survival rates of people undergoing heart surgery.
“I signed up for the London to Brighton Bike Ride after hearing about it at my workplace - I work at a Tesco distribution warehouse. Tesco is the main sponsor of the BHF’s cycle rides, including London to Brighton.
“My colleagues have been fantastic and have helped me raise over £800 for the BHF!”
A heart attack happens when your heart muscle is starved of oxygen-rich blood, causing damage to your heart muscle.
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 Paul by visiting his JustGiving page or take part in one of our cycling events yourself.
Registration for the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2017 opens on Monday 20 June. Use your pedal power to help fund our life saving research by taking on this legendary challenge or one of our other cycling events.
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