Lancing man’s charity bike ride

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A LANCING heart patient enjoyed a moonlit challenge at the weekend as he rode to help the British Heart Foundation (BHF) mend broken hearts.

Michael Burns took part in the London to Brighton Night Ride, supported by Santander, at the weekend because he wanted to give something back.

When Michael Burns (46), started experiencing chest pains and breathlessness on his birthday in July last year, he asked his 14-year-old son Ben to call an ambulance.

Michael was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, and tests confirmed he was experiencing a heart attack.

After completing the 60 mile event under the stars, he said: “I had a great time at the London to Brighton Night Ride and really enjoyed the experience of taking on this challenge. I was able to push through knowing it was for such a good cause. The atmosphere and encouragement from the other riders helped spur me on.”

The London to Brighton Night Ride, supported by Santander, was the first moonlit ride to be staged by the nation’s heart charity in the south. At midnight, heart patients, friends, families and colleagues left the hustle and bustle of London behind and let the breaking dawn lead them on the 60 mile moonlit route to Brighton’s Madeira Drive.

Nancy Prior, Head of Events at the BHF, said: “We would like to thank Michael and everyone else who took part, supported us and volunteered for our first London to Brighton Night Ride, which was supported by Santander. It has been a fantastic event and everyone has had a great time. Everyone who has backed this event is helping us achieve our goal to one day be able to mend broken hearts.”

Organisers hope this event will raise £413,000 for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. At the moment, there’s no cure for a broken heart. Once your heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack, it can never fully recover. But there is hope. We need to spend £50 million to fund groundbreaking research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts’ in as little as 10 years’ time.

The BHF’s next night time adventure is the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride, also supported by Santander, on the weekend of 29/30 September. To find out more information about getting involved, contact the Night Ride team on 0300 456 8355, visit bhf.org.uk/m2b or email nightride@bhf.org.uk