Cyclists to raise money in memory of Grantham girl

The cyclists will be raising money this month for The Naomi Fund. 338D
The cyclists will be raising money this month for The Naomi Fund. 338D

A team of more than 20 cyclists will ride from Great Ormond Street Hospital to Grantham later this month for The Naomi Fund.

The 25-strong group will set off at 7am on Saturday, July 27 before finishing 138 miles later in Grantham the following day.

The event has been organised by Mark Angeloni in memory of Naomi Fardell who died 13 years ago due to a congenital heart defect.

He said: “I’ve been going to The Naomi Fund Ball each year for the past 11 years, donating raffle prizes and auction prizes but this year - in a drunken stupor - I came up with the idea of, rather than donating, doing something.

“We’ll be raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, Heart Link at Glenfield Hospital and The Kingfisher Ward and community team at Grantham Hospital - all places which helped Naomi during her short life.”

Naomi’s father, Dean, said he was honoured by what Mark and the rest of his team are planning.

He said: “The way they have gone about organising the event is phenomenal and I’m very honoured and very moved really. It’s just a lovely thought that someone out there wants to do something for someone else.

“In this day and age everyone is very busy and are passing people by but it’s nice there are people still out there who do want to help.”

The team have so far raised more than £8,000. If you would like to sponsor then log on to the website: justgiving.com/teams/naomi-fund-bike-challenge-2013