Double Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton is calling on the public to get on their bikes to raise funds for the seriously ill patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Victoria is asking people to visit Great Ormond Street Hospital Cycling Club to sign up to a cycling challenge to that suits them and to raise vital money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity at the same time.
Victoria offers cycling tips such as “getting friends to join you in the challenge” and before and event, taking the time to "ensure your bike is set up properly". As a child, Victoria's twin brother was treated for leukaemia at GOSH and she goes on to share her personal experience of the hospital, describing it as a “special place”.
She said "Great Ormond Street Hospital has a special place in mine and my family's heart and I will always be grateful for the care and compassion shown to my twin brother. Anything I can do to help encourage people to support Great Ormond Street Hospital means a lot to me.
'From enthusiastic beginners to seasoned cyclists there’s a challenge for everyone. I would urge anyone who can to get on a bike to raise money for this amazing cause. Go to gosh.org/cyclingclub for advice on training and to hear more about why I am supporting this fantastic hospital."
There are a variety of different cycling challenges in the UK and abroad that supporters can take part in, from four-day events such as London to Paris covering 470 kilometres, to one-day events like the 80 kilometre London to Brighton cycle ride, there’s an event for all abilities. The website also offers comprehensive training plans and advice for each challenge.
Senior Fundraising Manager, Alison Rulton Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said “Cycling is a great way to keep fit, is lots of fun and can also be a great way to raise money to support Great Ormond Street Hospital. We will provide you with all the support you need to get started and the money you raise will help the hospital to provide world class care and facilities to patients and families when they need it most. We would encourage anyone who is looking for a new cycling challenge to go to www.gosh.org/cyclingclub and get involved.”
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise vital funds to help the hospital provide world-class care for young patients and their families. This includes helping to pioneer new treatments, providing cutting edge equipment and supporting the redevelopment of the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care.
There are still places available this year for the full range of cycling events on offer. Sign up to one of them here.