The sun was out, the picnics were plentiful, the sunbathing was rife …. oh yes and there was a charity bike ride going on …. in Richmond Park early this month. Each year, we wonder if the rain will stay away; this year, we almost fried with the heat of the sun!
Almost 100 riders cycled seven miles around beautiful Richmond Park on Sunday 8th June 2014 in support of five UCLH Charity funds; Breathing Matters, Dementia Care, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Unit, Rays of Hope and TTP Research.
Cyclists included patients, relatives, doctors, researchers and families with children as young as four years old – along with our resident dog, Dexter. Two of our regular cyclists ran the route this year instead, “I won’t be doing that again” stated Greg, before collapsing under a tree.
Our Patron and Medical Director, Manjiry Tamhane and Dr Jo Porter, along with friends, formed a team called ‘Girls on a Mission’ for the challenge and smashed their fundraising target of £1000. Here is Manjiry and Jo along with Donna Basire (organiser) and Dr Theresia Mikolash (BM Clinical Fellow).
We are once again very grateful to our fabulous volunteers including a few mum and dads, without whose help this event could not have taken place. We are indebted to you all.
Over £11,000 has been raised so far for this event for Breathing Matters alone, which is almost triple last year’s total.