The idea for Brightona was originally conceived by Abby Goldin who had in the past suffered a heart attack, and because of the life saving treatment Abby received in Brighton he decided he wanted to raise money for the Sussex Heart Charity. It’s a motorcycle event that has now been running since 2005 and is now become an annual event held every year on Brighton’s famous Madeira Drive. It includes obviously motor bikes/hot rods/stalls/memorabilia/live music, a great meeting place and a lots of fun with a great backdrop of the sea coast and the famous Brighton Pier, and all for a good cause that one day could benefit you or your loved ones. Most of the time, we pay no mind to our hearts and take for granted that it will do its duty and support us through our lives and our children’s lives while we get on with the business of living and making important plans for the future. Who would think that a little pump if it stopped, could eradicate all of our plans hopes and dreams. So, what has all this got to do with motorcycles?
Co-organiser of Brightona Abby Goldin a former cardiac patient suffered a heart attack and because of the care and support he received he felt he wanted to give something back and along with his fellow motor biking friends came up with the idea of Brightona. Now we have the biggest charity bike event in the south of England where 100% of all monies raised comes directly to the Sussex Heart Charity. Brightona now raises over £20,000 each year for the Sussex Heart Charity which we try to use to purchase ground breaking and innovative equipment. But purchasing this type of equipment never comes cheap; the organising committee’s ambition for each year’s Brightona bike rally, in a single sentence is “More Fun! More Bikes! More People = More donations for the Sussex Heart Charity”
KEEP THE HEARTBEAT BEATING
A former cardiac patient had suffered a heart attack and underwent Cardiac Surgery; Greg During 2008/09 Greg raised £1040.85 by organising a fund raising dart tournament at Rustington Football Club this in now an annual event
Pictured below is Greg and Gill Smithers with Retried cardiac surgeon and Sussex Heart Charity Director Mr Andy Forsyth with 2008 singles winners and also pictured with Douglas Coombes or Heartguard Sussex
Each year we, organise a Cardiac Sponsored fun walk from Brighton Marina to the Peace statue Hove, and back again (5 Miles in total)
Many of the walkers that take part are Cardiac patients and the families and friends of patients that have either had cardiac surgery, suffered a heart attack or any other cardiac events during the previous 12 months. The amount raised from individuals varies from £10 to £1,000. Whatever each person raises put together this is now raising over £30,000 annually and the numbers of participants continues to grow, with many walkers coming back each year.
We would like to say a big thank you to all that support our annual sponsored walk either by donating or taking part or volunteering to help on the day.
Pictured left are Peter & Sheila Baker
Volunteer helpers for the Sussex Heart Charity
Sussex Masons Supporting Community Projects & Worthy Causes Throughout Sussex
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex
Bill Partridge a member of Provincial Grand lodge of Sussex suggested us a beneficiaries the Sussex 4 Sussex scheme supported by Masonic lodges throughout Sussex. We were very pleased to receive from them a very generous donation of £3,115.00 along with this we also received a personal donation from Mr Bill Partridge for £5,000 the total amount raises was used to purchase a Harmonic Scalpel for use in Cardiac Surgery.
Waterhall golf club have been staunch supporter of this charity for over 20 years, each year the New Captain organises a weekend Heart Gala fundraising event. teams from all over Sussex take part helping to raise over £6,000 each year. The total raised over the many years is now over £100,000
Your support will enable us to continue to bring the best care possible to cardiac patients and their families in Sussex.