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Stories from June, 2011


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UCLH Charity Bike Ride 2011

Everyone came out in force on Sunday for the second annual UCLH Charity Bike Ride, despite the June rain!

Almost 100 cyclists came to ride 7 miles around the beautiful Richmond Park on Sunday 12th June 2011 in support of four funds within UCLH Charities; Breathing Matters, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Unit, Rays of Hope and TTP Research.

Malcolm Weallans Cycling With Oxygen

Malcolm Weallans Cycling With Oxygen

Cyclists included patients and their relatives, doctors, researchers and families with children as young as 7 years.

One of our cyclists, Malcolm Weallans, rode with an oxygen cylinder on his back! On finishing the 7 mile circuit, Malcolm uttered, “I did it”. Later he commented, “I only stopped once and, when I checked, my sats were down to 86, so I had a breather”. Well done Malcolm!

The adverse weather seemed to bring out a higher sense of achievement and there was definitely great camaraderie enjoyed by all. At the end, everyone was covered with mud, but still smiling. Those mad splatters will definitely take a few washes to come out!

Muddy Backs after the Bike Ride

A mud splattered Henry, aged 6, after the Bike Ride

Our MarshallsWe are very grateful to our team of 12 volunteers, including a few mums and dads, without whose help, this event couldn’t have taken place.

Over £20,000 was fundraised for this event for UCLH Charities.

Breathing Matters raised well over £10,000 and our three highest fundraisers were Jo Porter’s Team, Tami Pullinger and 10 year old Charlotte Basire, raising £4,500, £4,000 and £600 respectively. Well done and a massive thank you to all of you!! Thank you too to all our supporters who donated and urged others to support us … you know who you are!

Jo Porter's TeamTeam Basire with Charlotte, aged 10

£10,000 of this money will go towards much needed platelet research into pulmonary fibrosis. For more information on this research – please click here.

The Breathing Matters Team want to thank all our supporters for a wonderful day.

Triathlon Madness

Many thanks to Hayley Bromley for raising over £100 for research into COPD and bronchiectasis in memory of her godfather who sadly died earlier this year.  Hayley completed two triathlons over one week; the first in Blenheim Palace and the second in Windsor, seeing her swim 2.25km, cycle 60km and run 15km in total.  The second triathlon in Windsor was olympic distance.

After the Windsor event, Hayley stated, “I finished in 3 hours 28 minutes, so just beat my target by 2 minutes which was a great result.  I hit the wall on the second lap of the run, but kept going and managed to run the whole way.  Not sure I will be signing up for this distance again anytime soon, but it was a brilliant achievement and great to have raised money for charity.”

If you would like to support Hayley, you can donate via her justgiving page: