Thirty-five friends and family will pedal for pounds at the Cerebral Palsy Sport Great Notts Bike Ride on June 22, raising money for The Naomi Fund and MacMillan Cancer Support.
The fund was set up in memory of Dean and Michelle Fardell’s beloved daughter, Naomi, who battled severe congenital heart defects from birth for two and a half years before passing away in 2000.
Since then, those close to Dean and Michelle have rallied year-on-year to raise funds for hospitals treating her condition, including close friend Mark Angeloni who said: “Our hope is for each of us to raise at least £1 for every mile we cycle at the CP Sport Great Notts Bike Ride.
“We’ve been raising money in Naomi’s memory every year since she passed away, but last year was the first time we decided to do a big group challenge. 29 of us got together and thought it would be a great tribute to Naomi to cycle from Great Ormond Street to Grantham,”
Naomi’s father, Dean, said: “Mark suggested we do the ride and the response from everyone has been overwhelming.
“There’s a massive group of us now taking part and I think it’s been so popular because it’s something most people can do. I haven’t been on a bike in years, but I thought I’d give the 50-miles a go and I’m quite excited for it.”
Moreover, the group are using the 50 and 100-mile rides in Notts to prepare for their biggest fundraising effort yet in July 2015, when they will cycle 192-miles from Brighton to Grantham via Great Ormond Street Hospital, one of the hospitals that cared for Naomi.
For more information about the Naomi Bike Fund, or to make a donation, please visit thenaomifund.co.uk.