This weekend, a team of forty cyclists – including four Vacu-Lug employees (Chris Watson, Kevin Storey, Jason Humphries and John Parsons) – completed a gruelling 165-mile charity cycle ride to raise money and awareness for Grantham-based charity, The Naomi Fund.
Set up by Naomi’s parents, Michelle and Dean Fardell, and their friend Ben Benbow, The Naomi Fund has done lots of fundraising over the years for the three hospitals Naomi spent time at during her short life.
This cycle was particularly poignant, as Naomi would have, this year, been celebrating her eighteenth birthday.
The team of cyclists trained hard over the year, and it showed as not only did they all successfully complete the challenge, they even made it to the finishing point – Grantham’s Guildhall – five minutes ahead of schedule!
Their circuit saw the cyclists begin their journey at The Great Ormond Street Hospital in the Bloomsbury area of London, before travelling through Stevenage, Hitchin, Wellingborough and Market Harborough to reach Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital. Following this, the cyclists headed for home via Melton Mowbray, before greeting proud family and friends back in Grantham.
Summing up the weekend, Vacu-Lug’s Finance Director and cyclist team member, John Parsons, said:
“13 hours in the saddle on Saturday was 13 hours too many but the riders were plagued with far more punctures than the ride 2 years ago. It took a lot of determination, Ralgex and Sudocrem to get through but all riders should be rightly proud of their achievements. Particularly poignant was the stopping points at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and the Kingfisher Ward at Grantham General where Naomi was cared for…That is what it has been about so well done to all and a huge thank you to all that donated time, effort and money which will make a real difference.”
Vacu-Lug was delighted to be the main sponsor of the event, helping to raise money for, and spread awareness of The Naomi Fund charity.
The total raised this year was £21,104.30, beating 2013’s achievement and meaning a total amount raised of £44,769.66 in just two years.