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One in ten of us doesn’t know how to ride a bike

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The BHF is urging Brits to get back into the saddle this year by taking on the iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride.
 
Despite being one of the nation's favourite sports, the survey of 2,000 UK residents has revealed that an astonishing 6.3 million people – one in eight of us – don't know how to ride a bike. 
 
British Heart Foundation (BHF) has found that the average resident in Yorkshire and the Humber hasn't ridden a bike in nine years, with almost one in four (23%) avoiding the saddle for more than 10 years. 
 
The BHF is urging people in Yorkshire and the Humber to get back on their bikes this year by signing up to the iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride, taking place on Sunday 18th June 2017, to raise money for life saving heart research.
 
The survey also showed that the average household in the UK owns just one bike between them, but more worryingly, 41% of households don't own bike at all.
 
People in Yorkshire and the Humber fare much worse than the UK average, with a shocking one in six (15%) admitting they can't ride a bike and over two fifths (42%) of the local community saying they don't even own one. 
 
Most surprisingly, however, almost one in ten (8%) of people in Yorkshire and the Humber admit it's been so long since they've ridden a bike they've forgotten what to do!
 
Despite this, many of us do have ambitions to get back into cycling this year. 
 
The BHF wants to help get people in Yorkshire and the Humber back on their bikes, by encouraging everyone to take on its flagship event and join the fight against heart disease. 
 
With a range of free training guides and nutritional advice on hand, the nation's heart charity has everything you need to help get you back in the saddle and over the finish line.
 
Elizabeth Tack, Event Lead for London to Brighton Bike Ride at the British Heart Foundation, said: "It's surprising to learn that whilst there is a clear appetite for cycling in the UK, there is still a vast amount of us who are not getting on our bikes often enough, or even at all. 
 
"Cycling is a fantastic way of keeping your heart healthy. This is why we're encouraging everyone to dust off their bikes this year and challenge themselves to take on our London to Brighton Bike Ride to help support our vital research into heart disease.
 
"We can provide all the support you need to get you back in the saddle this year, with free training guides and advice available for all registered cyclists in the run up to the big day. It's a fantastic day out for all the family and every pound you raise will help make a difference to millions."
 
The BHF's London to Brighton Bike Ride has run for over 40 years and is Europe's oldest charity cycling event. 
 
It's a ride for the fast and the fall behinds, the solo riders and the team players. It's for the experienced and the newbies, the confident and the cautious. This year's event will take place on Sunday 18th June.
 
By taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride you will help power ground-breaking research, to bring new hope to the 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK.
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A cause close to the ‘heart’

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HEART-THROB DJS Parmjit and Karl have been friends for over 16 years and are about to kick off their first fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation in June

HEART-THROB DJS Parmjit and Karl have been friends for over 16 years and are about to kick off their first fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation in June

Friends turn fundraisers for national charity

They say fundraising comes from the ‘heart’ and for two friends from Leeds, this sentiment could not be truer.

Parmjit Singh and Karl Dennis will be hosting their first charity night this June as they aim to raise donations for the British Heart Foundation.

The long-time pals have seen friends and family affected by heart conditions over the years – both directly and indirectly – and said they were determined to do something to help.

On Friday 10th June, the Baracoa Luxe Bar will host the inaugural ‘Beating Heartz Charity’ event, with all proceeds going to charity.

Entry is free, yet donations on the door are welcomed, whilst a raffle on the night includes some great prizes.

Local DJs will provide entertainment throughout the event, with co-organiser Karl, a builder by trade, also booked in to do a set for those in attendance.

Explaining more about why the project had been organised, Karl said: “Me and Parmjit have known each other for a long time and both have seen the effect a heart disease can have on a family.

“The recent case in Leeds of Manminder Singh was shocking to read about, so we decided now was a good time to bring an event like this to the public.”

Running from 7pm, all are welcome to call in on the night to help raise money for the cause.

Amongst the prizes in the ever-growing raffle are: vouchers for The Chimp Store, Azendi Jewellery, Flamingo Land, Hazlewood Castle and Vue Cinema.

Parmjit, 29, said he would be urging as many people as possible to come together to support their charity initiative.

Parmjit said: “Whether you have someone who has been affected by a heart condition or not in your life, we invite you to come down to the event of 10th June and help us raise as much money as possible.

“The British Heart Foundation does a fantastic job in fighting heart disease and we hope to raise as much money as possible to help the cause.”

According to their website, the British Heart Foundation’s mission is ‘to win the fight against cardiovascular disease’ and achieve their vision of ‘a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from cardiovascular disease’.

If you would like to help the Beating Heartz Charity Fundraiser, or find out more information about the night please visit their Facebook page.

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