Bristol to Devizes bike ride raises awareness of global killer

A sponsored bike ride has helped to raise awareness and funds to fight a condition that kills one person every six seconds worldwide.

Saturday (13 October) was World Thrombosis Awareness Day and riders took on the challenge of riding from Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre, in Bristol, to the Devizes NHS Treatment Centre, in Wiltshire.

The ride was led by Stephane Jaglin, a pharmacist and thrombosis lead at both centres and a national trustee of Thrombosis UK. Stephane said: “Thrombosis remains a major cause of death in the UK, yet many people don’t know its causes and effects or how it can be prevented.”

Clots can be caused by a wide range of conditions and medical treatments, as well as obesity, smoking and a family history of blood clots.

Stephane said: “Hormonal treatments, such as the contraceptive pill and HRT can contribute to blood clotting, as can long-term bed rest and long periods of inactivity, including sitting at home or at a desk for long periods of time, especially with crossed legs.

“Exercise, such as riding bikes, swimming and walking are excellent for circulation health, keeping the heart pumping blood around the body, preventing it thickening and pooling. Drinking plenty of water also helps reduce your risk of a clot.”

Clot symptoms include:

  • Unexplained welling, pain and tenderness in the leg
  • Skin discolouration and clamminess and
  • Chest pains, breathlessness and or blood-stained phlegm

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately contact their GP.

The bike ride and the raffle, which included courtside seats donated by the Bristol Flyer basketball team, raised £500 Stephane said: “I would like to thank everyone who donated money and prizes and I would like to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets. The money will go toward raising awareness of thrombosis and to scientific research into their causes.”

Stephane will now be applying to Care UK’s Working in the Community match-funding scheme to boost the total.