Deputy Nurse takes on The Little John to raise funds for the Big Appeal

With a passion for cycling as well as for cycle safety Nottingham Children’s Hospital’s Deputy Head Nurse Jamie Crew will be bringing a unique personal motivation to his cycle challenge at this year’s Cycle Live (Sunday 24 June), riding in aid of the Children’s Hospital’s Big Appeal.

Jamie, who has worked at Nottingham Children’s Hospital at QMC, for almost twenty years, will be riding the 100 mile ‘Little John’ route aiming to raise as much money as he can for the Big Appeal.

This year is especially exciting as it sees the launch of a three year partnership between Cycle Live organisers Perfect Motion and Nottingham Hospitals Charity, who are leading the Big Appeal fundraising campaign for the Children’s Hospital.

Jamie Crew said: “The Big Appeal will transform our facilities and equipment here at the Children’s Hospital and despite all the challenging times we have seen over recent months our staff do an amazing job here which I want to personally support.

“I am so proud to hear from the families and children we care for that they think what a fantastic job our teams do in delivering compassionate and safe care. I wanted to do the ride for charity to give something back, as well as for personal achievement.

“I always rode a bike as a child and more recently in the past few years I have rekindled my enthusiasm for getting out in the fresh air on a bike. I wanted to push myself that little bit further by doing the 100 miles and I am really looking forward to the atmosphere and riding the new routes which sound exciting.

“Taking part in Cycle Live gives people the chance to get out and see parts of their home town that they would not usually see. For anyone interested in signing up or making a donation it can also give them the opportunity to support our wonderful Children’s Hospital here in Nottingham!”

Nik Emmonds, Events Director at Perfect Motion who organise Cycle Live, said: “It is great to see cycling enthusiasts at Nottingham Hospital who are so excited about taking part in Cycle Live. As Deputy Head Nurse Jamie and his team are at the frontline of delivering support to children and families we want to help through our three year partnership. We are incredibly pleased Jamie is helping us promote Cycle Live.”

Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Director of Development, Nigel Gregory, said: “We are delighted that Nottingham Hospitals Charity is Cycle Live’s headline charity for the next three years. The event is a Nottingham icon and the focus for us is to be at the heart of NHS care for the people of Nottingham. There are many keen cyclists among our 14,000 NHS in Nottingham so it is wonderful to see key staff like Jamie lead from the front. We wish him all the best.”

You can find out more about the rides by visiting the website The Big Appeal aims to raise £4 million over four years and more information or to make a donation or get fundraising ideas, please go to