For the last fourteen years, I’ve lived with a life-threatening, blood-clotting disorder that runs in my family. Thrombosis caused the death of both of my parents and the hereditary gene mutation I have could also affect my daughter in later life.

This September I’ll be pushing my body to the limit by cycling 1,000 miles, the length of Britain, to raise money for two charities I care deeply about - Thrombosis UK and The Richmond Heavies Foundation, which was co-founded by one of my business clients and provides defibrillators to sports clubs that can’t afford the life-saving devices. I’m aiming to raise a minimum of £2,500 for each charity, hopefully much more.

I was pregnant with my son in 2007 when I was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden, which greatly increases the risk of developing blood clots. I was initially hospitalised to treat Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). I subsequently developed a Pulmonary embolism (PE). After a few years of respite, I developed another blood clot in 2018 and have had four more within the last 8 months. I now live with Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), a chronic and potentially disabling condition caused by damage to the veins.

Despite this and related health complications, I’m determined to keep moving and leading an active life for as long as I can. That’s why I’ll be setting off on a gruelling 980-mile bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats on 4th September as part of The Deloitte Ride Across Britain. This epic endurance event involves cycling more than 100 miles a day over nine consecutive days - the elevation involved is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest twice or running nine consecutive marathons.

I used to be a keen runner but my blood-clotting disorder has forced me to adapt. I’m now a cyclist, currently covering up to 250 miles a week in training. By undertaking this challenge, I’m hoping to inspire others to push through their own personal barriers - whatever they’re dealing with in life - whether it affects their physical or mental health or, like me, both.

Of course, I’m also hoping to raise a significant amount for thrombosis research and the prevention of young deaths by helping to fund life-saving defibrillators to sports clubs and community groups along the 980-mile cycle route. I’d be incredibly grateful for any donation you’re able to make.

Thank you!

Amanda Barnes