Following on from the success of the Naomi Fund Bike Challenge 2013, Naomi Ride cyclists, consisting of a number of Vacu-Lug employees, are once again taking to the road 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 at the tender age of two years old. 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 for these three charities that the Naomi Fund tirelessly continues to raise money for through various fundraising 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 they will finish their ride at The Guildhall Arts Centre after having a photo shoot at Grantham Hospital in Lincolnshire.

The team were delighted with the funds raised from their efforts in the last ride and hope to take the total even higher this year.

John Parsons, Finance Director at Vacu-Lug said of the event:

“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 24th-July 26th. For further information on the Naomi Fund, you can visit the website at www.thenaomifund.co.uk.