When Nigel Sign crossed the finish line of the British Heart Foundation’s Round the Harbours bike ride he did something that not long ago he wouldn’t have dreamed possible.
Nigel battled back from suffering a heart attack just three months ago to live a fit and healthy life, thanks to the support of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
That’s why yesterday he was so keen to give something back to the charity which has done so much for him.
And Nigel was not the only one with a good reason for wanting to back the cause.
Hundreds of people got on their bikes and braved the wind and the rain yesterday.
Some were people, just like Nigel and Mick Haley who suffered a double heart attack four years ago, who had suffered illness and turned to the charity for support.
Others, like our own reporter Sheanne Mulholland, had seen the devastating impact illness can have on a loved one and know all to well the importance of the work of the BHF.
As Nigel said: ‘The care the BHF has given my family is incredible and without its research we might not even be here today.
‘It’s such an amazing charity, and I wanted to do my bit and give something back to say thanks.’
Yesterday showed that when the people of Portsmouth are called on they will do their bit to make a difference.
Thousands of pounds will have been raised by those taking part.
Many of those involved had taken part in the bike ride in previous years and knew that despite the powerful winds there was some wonderful views to be had on the route.
Cycling is a great way to keep fit and we’re lucky in Portsmouth to live in a city where the lack of hills make it ideal for getting on your bike.
Portsmouth City Council is well aware of the benefits of bikes and that’s why it’s keen to bring the ‘Boris Bikes’ hire scheme to the city.
If they’re successful then maybe next year’s BHF ride will be even bigger and better and in turn even more people will be able to benefit from the support of the BHF.