Gogglebox’s Alex Michael star swaps the sofa for a 100km charity trek

Gogglebox star Alex Michael is swapping the sofa for her trainers after signing up to trek from London to Brighton this month for the British Heart Foundation

Alex and her family on Gogglebox

by Emily Cope |
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The 25-year-old Brighton-based reality TV star has 30 hours to complete one of England’s toughest and most popular walking challenges, covering 100km in total, to help raise funds for the BHF’s life saving research into heart and circulatory disease - which causes more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, an average of one person every three minutes.

Alex Michael is taking on the gruelling challenge as her family has a long history of heart disease.

Her father Andrew, who also appears on Channel 4's Gogglebox, has suffered from several angina attacks and had a stent fitted in 2007 after doctors discovered a narrowed artery.

Also, Alex’s grandfather died of dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, in 1993 when Alex was just two years old.

Alex and her dad Andrew on their famous sofa
Alex and her dad Andrew on their famous sofa

Alex said: “The BHF’s London to Brighton trek is an event I’ve wanted to take part in for a couple of years now, so I’m really excited.

"I’ve never walked this distance before but it’s all for an amazing cause that’s close to my heart and my friends and family have been really supportive.

"My dad is just one out of 2.3 million people living with coronary heart disease in the UK today, so I’m proud to say I’m doing my bit to help fund the BHF’s life saving research.

“I know it is going to be challenging, walking consistently over 20 hours but knowing that I will be supporting the nation’s heart charity and their fight against heart disease makes it all worthwhile.

"I cannot wait to reach the finish line and see my family waiting for me.”

To sponsor her and help stop others from facing the loss of a loved one through heart disease, visit Alex Michael's Just Giving page here.

Or if you want to be a part of the legendary London to Brighton Bike trek, visit the BHF websiteor contact the events team on 0845 130 8663.

Good luck Alex!

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