Letters to the Editor | Saddle up to save a life for British Heart Foundation | Andover & VillagesDear Editor,

As a Professor of Regenerative Medicine at the University of Oxford, I know first-hand how devastating heart disease can be for families across the UK. That is why on the 17 June 2018, I will be fighting back against heart disease by joining thousands of cyclists at the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) legendary London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Without the support from the BHF, my team and I couldn’t continue our work, which will hopefully find a way to make medical history.

My vision is a world where heart damage is temporary and repairable. We want to find a way that will mean your heart will repair itself after damage. This will truly benefit people of all ages, from the tiniest baby born with a heart defect to the oldest among us struggling with heart failure, which currently has no cure.

Now in its 43rd year, the London to Brighton Bike Ride is Europe’s oldest charity cycling event and over the years has seen hundreds of thousands of cyclists pedalling over 41million miles.

The iconic event, which takes place on Father’s Day, is proudly supported by Jaffa and sees thousands of riders of all abilities get on their bikes from Clapham Common, through the Surrey and Sussex countryside and to Brighton’s seafront. There’s also a fantastic beach village at the finish line, making it a great day out for all the family.

The BHF has supported me in becoming the scientist I am today and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to ensure more broken hearts can be mended. But our search for more lifesaving breakthroughs cannot continue without your help.

Saddle up to save a life and join me at the BHF’s London to Brighton Bike Ride. For more information visit bhf.org.uk/l2bbr

Yours Sincerely,

Paul Riley

BHF Professor of Regenerative Medicine

University of Oxford