During Half-Term, Matthew, Dougie and I will be cycling 120 miles from my hometown in Selkirk to the banks of Loch Lomond where we will run over 30 miles around the loch before cycling back to Selkirk – covering a total of just under 300 miles.
The purpose of our charity challenge is to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The initial aim was to raise over £1,500 in memory of my Grandfather, George Hetherington, who sadly died of a heart attack at the age of 43. Although I never had the privilege of meeting my Grandfather, I am aware that like me, he had a passion for sport and therefore, I felt that a sporting challenge was a fitting tribute to him.
As it stands, the challenge has raised more than £1,800 in support of the BHF’s lifesaving research into heart and circulatory diseases. Our fundraising efforts have come at a time when the BHF needs the public’s support more than ever.
James Jopling, Head of BHF Scotland, said: “We are so grateful to Lachlan, Matthew and Dougie for their fantastic efforts and for taking on this challenge to help us at this critical time. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest challenge the BHF has ever faced. At a time when our research is needed most, our income has been devastated by the closure of our shops during lockdown and the cancellation and postponement of fundraising events. As a result, funding for new research this year could be cut in half – from around £100million to £50million. Research gives hope to hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland affected by heart and circulatory diseases. Cutting our research funding will affect the development of new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating these conditions. That’s why, not only do we need urgent help from our wonderful supporters, we’re also urging the UK Government to ensure funding for vital research charities. For us, it will mean we can protect the progress we have made so far and continue to help save and improve lives.”
The BHF has joined forces with the Association of Medical Research Charities and organisations including Cancer Research UK and Parkinson’s UK, to call on the UK Government to establish a Life Sciences-Charity Partnership Fund to protect lifesaving research. To learn more about the work of the BHF and how you can help support it, visit: www.bhf.org.uk
We would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to all of our sponsors including Redpath Bruce, LOFT Boarding Scotland, Aye Do Gifts, New Alliance, Hydralyte and Mercedes Benz of Edinburgh for helping us organise this event and if you would like to help sponsor us on our journey, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lachlan-and-matthews-british-heart-foundation-fundraiser