FUNDRAISING NEWS: Heart charity links with the Bike Show to raise £1m in ride

The British Heart Foundation is set to benefit from a sponsored bike ride next year involving more than 20,000 cyclists.

Launched in conjunction with the Bike Show, an annual cycling fair organised by Haymarket Exhibitions, the Bike Show Ride will start in 6 cities across the UK.

Riders will be able to register by logging on to web site,

Due to take place in April 2003, the event aims to raise more than £1 million for the heart charity in the first year.

Gavin Brown, managing director of Haymarket Exhibitions, said that he hoped the ride would become an annual event and raise a significant amount of money for the British Heart Foundation over the next five years.

"The Bike Show Ride is intended to become the world's biggest charity bike ride with 60,000 riders and twelve starting points by spring 2007 with a target of raising £5 million a year for the British Heart Foundation,

said Brown.

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