Over £3,000 raised through a recent 150 mile cycle ride by 9 Nottingham City Transport employees was officially presented to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital this week.
The ride took place over the late May Bank Holiday Weekend and took the team from Seascale in Cumbria on the west coast of England, to the Yorkshire town of Whitby on the east coast during two days of intense cycling.
It was a demanding ride for the Nottingham City Transport team, both mentally and physically, with scorching temperatures, steep inclines, twists, turns and aching bodies to endure. The two day challenge was completed on time, with the team of riders welcomed into Whitby by proud friends and family on Sunday 29th May.
The money raised as a result of the ride totalled £3,350 and was presented to the team at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Monday this week by representatives from Nottingham City Transport who took part in the challenge.
“We’re immensely proud of the amount we raised through our cycle ride and it’s all the more rewarding when we see the money being donated to a fantastic cause such as Great Ormond Street Hospital” said Anthony Carver-Smith, Marketing Manager at Nottingham City Transport.
The team decided upon Great Ormond Street as their chosen charity following the incredible support, care and treatment they provided to Lucas, a son and nephew of three Nottingham City Transport employees. Two year old Lucas has undergone five operations to date after being born with bladder exstrophy epispadias – a rare condition affecting just 1 in 40,000 births.
The continuous work at Great Ormond Street raises crucial funds which go towards researching pioneering treatments for childhood illnesses as well as administering world class care to young people affected by a wide range of conditions.
“Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity would like to congratulate the team at Nottingham City Transport for their recent Coast to Coast challenge. Because of their support, the money raised will help make a real difference for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s young patients and their families. We’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and generosity” said Jenny Pearce, Fundraising Executive at Great Ormond Street.
The participants in the cycle ride were: Jack Smith, Richard Ranshaw, Rob Squires, Wayne Smith, Anthony Carver-Smith, Richard Dickens, Ade Smith, Karl Mitchell, Jake Squires.