Worthing fund-raisers tackle midnight ride for fathers

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TWO Worthing fund-raisers enjoyed a moonlit adventure as they took on a gruelling challenge to help the British Heart Foundation mend broken hearts in honour of their fathers.

Erica Moore took part in the London to Brighton Night Ride, supported by Santander, because she wanted to give something back to the charity that helped her father.

In 2008, Erica’s dad John Moore, 76, had a heart attack. He needed an operation to have stents fitted and is now recovering well.

Erica 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.”

Kenny Tutt, 30, who works for Santander, rode in memory of his father, Ken, who died three years ago of heart disease, aged 65.

He said; “It was a real shock when dad died and I think he would be very proud of me.”

The London to Brighton Night Ride, held last month, was the first moonlit ride to be staged by the charity in the south.

At midnight, heart patients, friends, families and colleagues left London behind and let the breaking dawn lead them on the 60-mile moonlit route to Brighton’s Madeira Drive.

Nancy Prior, head of events at the BHF, said: “We would like to thank Erica and Kenny and everyone else who took part, supported us and volunteered for our first London to Brighton Night Ride, which was supported by Santander.

“It has been a fantastic event and everyone has had a great time. Everyone who has backed this event is helping us achieve our goal to one day be able to mend broken hearts.”