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Hospital fund-raisers getting on bikes again in memory of Grantham girl Naomi Fardell

The 2013 Naomi Fund ride when the cyclists reached the finish line at the Guildhall.
The 2013 Naomi Fund ride when the cyclists reached the finish line at the Guildhall.

Naomi Fund cyclists are taking to the road once again to face a challenging 160 mile ride, in honour of Grantham girl Naomi Fardell.

Naomi was born in 1997 with complex heart defects and sadly passed away aged just two. Throughout her life, Naomi was cared for by The Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Kingfisher Ward at Grantham Hospital and Heart Link at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital.

It is these three hospitals that the Naomi Fund tirelessly continues to raise money for through various fund-raising events, including an annual charity ball and the charity bike ride. The Naomi Fund has so far raised in excess of £100,000 for the three hospitals.

This year will see the cyclists completing a 160 mile ride - 106 miles of which will be completed on the first day – beginning at London’s Great Ormond Street hospital and travelling through Stevenage, Hitchin, Wellingborough and Market Harborough to reach Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital.

Following this, the riders will head for home via Melton Mowbray and Grantham Hospital before finishing at The Guildhall Arts Centre. The team were delighted with the amound raised from their efforts in the last ride and hope to take the total even higher this year.

Several of the fund-raisers are employees at Vacu-Lug, who are sponsoring the ride. Finance director John Parsons said: “Last time a staggering £20,875.03 was raised for the more than well-deserving children’s charities, where the generous donations have made a real difference to a lot of children – and their families – lives.

“We are now embarking on this ride again later on this year with even more riders and Vacu-Lug is proud to be team sponsor for this life-changing event.”

The cycle ride is due to take place over the weekend of July 24 to July 26. For further information on the Naomi Fund, you can visit the website at www.thenaomifund.co.uk


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