The top fundraisers for the city’s biggest cycling event were recognised at a special presentation event in Nottingham today (Wednesday 28 November).
Cycle Live Nottingham took place on Sunday 24 June 2018, and Nottingham Hospitals Charity is the official three-year charity partner for the event, which is organised by Nottingham-based Perfect Motion.
Over 100 participants took part in aid of Nottingham Hospitals Charity in this year’s Cycle Live, cycling a total of more than 5,000 miles, with many supporting the Big Appeal which is raising £4 million over four years for Nottingham Children’s Hospital. Those taking part included hospital teams, family groups, friends and colleagues. Riders were able to choose between fantastic new routes which offered 25, 50, 75, 100 or 125 mile rides, and raised more than £25,000 for the Charity in total.
Today, a special presentation event was held where prizes were given to the cyclists who raised the most money. These included:
- Richard Gerrard, from Wollaton, who raised £1,355 for the Big Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital after hearing about the work of the Children’s Hospital through a friend
- Dr Andrew Lunn, Paediatric Nephrology Consultant at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, who raised £875 for the Big Appeal to help his young patients
- Eight-year-old Lucas Edwards, from Edwinstowe, who completed the 25-mile cycle ride with his dad, Luke Bend. The pair raised £556 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where Lucas was cared for as a baby
Each of the top fundraisers was given a cycling jersey and a photo session at Photo Nottingham, where the celebration event took place.
Luke Bend said: “When Lucas was born he was a bit poorly and that spurred us on as a family to raise money through various events. When the time was right, Lucas wanted to give something back too, so we both signed up for the 25 miles at Cycle Live. We had an absolutely great time – it’s a lovely family event. Lucas keeps pestering me to sign up to the 50 miles next year, and possibly the 75 miles the year after!
“We will forever be indebted to Nottingham’s hospitals, so we will always keep raising money and taking part in Cycle Live.”
Dr Andrew Lunn said: “It’s a really fun event and I enjoyed taking part in it. I was inspired to take part in aid of the Big Appeal because it will make such a difference to my patients by providing better parent accommodation for our families who come from as far away as Great Yarmouth, as well as a more child friendly environment for young patients.”
Chris Simon, Managing Director at Perfect Motion, said: “We’ve had another brilliant year at Cycle Live and want to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who took part and raised a fantastic amount of money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity. The work the Charity does is so important and we’re really pleased to be continuing our partnership with them at next year’s Cycle Live on 23 June 2019.”
Nigel Gregory, Director of Development at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to say that our amazing supporters raised a total of more than £25,000 through this year’s Cycle Live. We’re thrilled to be at this special event to celebrate some of our top fundraisers, who have shown such dedication in not only completing a sometimes gruelling cycle ride, but also raising a fantastic amount of money at the same time.
“The money raised through Cycle Live will make a huge difference to patients being treated at Nottingham’s hospitals, especially our young patients at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, by providing improvements to ward areas and family accommodation, specialist medical equipment, and vital research.”