4Following on from his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Oxford PharmaGenesis Commercial Director Dr Richard White will be taking part in the Oxford to Cambridge bike ride on Saturday 27 September to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

“Unfortunately, cardiovascular disease runs in my family,” said Richard, who took up road cycling last year in order to keep fit. “It is a terrible thing, as much when it brings life to a sudden end (as happened to my Aunty Betty and my Uncle Doug) as when it leads to incapacitation of previously active and healthy people (my grandmother). Pharmaceutical companies and public health initiatives have made amazing progress in reducing the incidence of heart attack and stroke. However, cardiovascular disease remains the biggest single killer in the UK, and I am proud to be raising money for the British Heart Foundation and supporting further research in this area.”

The cross-country route from Oxford to Cambridge is approximately 90 miles (145 km) and, although mostly flat, takes in approximately 3500 feet of climbing. Last summer, Richard rode 120 miles in the Tour de Wales in support of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, and he has entered the ballot for next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100-mile event.

If you wish to support Richard by sponsoring him on his ride, please visit his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/richyrichwhite/.