54 miles. 30,000 cyclists. One cause. On June 15th, Kurtosys UK will endure a grueling bike ride from London to Brighton to aid the British Heart Foundation.
Last year, the team raised nearly £1k for Macmillan Cancer Support in honor of a good friend and colleague, Simon Rose, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2013.
This bike ride is important; after all, the costs of cardiovascular disease are quite significant. According to the British Heart Foundation, premature death, lost productivity, hospital treatment and prescriptions are estimated to £19 billion. Even more shocking than the expenses are the amount of lives lost.
- Every seven minutes someone dies of a heart attack in the UK
- One in three people who have a heart attack die before reaching the hospital
- Coronary heart disease (CHD) is responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year — an average of 200 people each day
- Around 57,000 men and 68,000 women in England suffer a stroke every year
Help us build a heart-healthy future
Next month, the Kurtosys team (a combination of both avid cyclists and unfit Samaritans), will take on this physical challenge to lower these numbers.
Can’t make it for the ride? No sweat! You can help support the Kurtosys team and contribute to life-saving research for the UK’s single biggest killer on JustGiving.com/Kurtosys2014.
After the race, we will have a first-hand follow up from cyclist and Head of Database Development, Steve Perry. Good luck everyone!