Epic 164 mile cycle ride from London to Grantham in memory of Naomi Fardell

The fund-raising cyclists outside the Kingfisher Children's Unit at Grantham Hospital.
The fund-raising cyclists outside the Kingfisher Children's Unit at Grantham Hospital.
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Having completed 162 miles of an epic 164-mile bike ride when this picture was taken, 40 riders and six support staff were all still smiling in the knowledge that it was for the Naomi Fund.

This was set up in memory of Naomi Fardell, who was born with complex heart defects and sadly passed away aged just two.

The fund has already raised over £150,000 for London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital and Grantham Hospital – all checkpoints on the charity cyclists’ route, starting at GOSH on July 24 and ending at the Guildhall on July 26.

It was the biggest so far of the bi-annual bike rides, organised again by Mark Angeloni, close friend of Naomi’s parents, Dean and Michelle.

“All of these people that have put themselves out again are FANTASTIC in my eyes,” said Mark.

Dean added: “The weather on Sunday was very cruel and some found it difficult, but they still managed to complete the course and raise a lot of money for the children’s hospitals. Our hearts go out to each and every one of them.”

So far they have raised just over £12,000, which when added to previous cycle challenges puts them on course to a total of £40,000.

However, to reach this they still need further donations, which can be made at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/NaomiBikeChallenge2015