Bromley father and son have a heart to boost charity
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 June 2012
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A Bromley heart patient took on a gruelling challenge under the starry night sky with his son as they rode to help the British Heart Foundation mend broken hearts.
Accountant Martin Muirhead, 56, took part in the London to Brighton Night Ride with his 22-year-old son Freddie, who is a trainee accountant to raise money for the health charity after he suffered a heart attack two years ago.
So far he has taken part in ten BHF rides to date and he started supporting the charity as his father suffered his first heart attack when he was 54 -the same age as his father Bertie when he had his heart attack.
Mr Muirhead who lives in Park Farm Road has 5 stents fitted and continues to enjoy cycling.
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 BHF means a lot to me and my family, as both my father and myself have been affected by heart disease. We both had our heart attacks at 54, within 3 months, so there is a family history. I am investing in my son’s future and he knows to look after his heart.”
“Freddie my son, who also cycled to Brighton, understands the genetic risks he faces and to ensure that he remains fit will be cycling to Barcelona in 3 weeks’ time in aid of charity.”
Mr Muirhead who had stents fitted in a non invasive procedure after his heart attack so it was important to look after yourself, as the risk of illness increases with obesity and poor diet.
The 60 mile London to Brighton Night Ride was the first moonlit ride to be staged by the nation’s heart charity in the south. 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 ground-breaking research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts’ in as little as 10 years time.
For more information about getting involved in similar events, contact the Night Ride team on 0300 456 8355, visit bhf.org.uk/m2b or email email@example.com