This year will once again see Naomi Fund cyclists take to the road to face a challenging 160-mile bike ride, in honour of Grantham girl, Naomi Fardell.
The cyclists include three Vacu-Lug team members, who will be completing the challenge for the third time – having previously taken part in both the 2013 and 2015 rides.
Naomi was born in 1997 with severe congenital heart defects – Tricuspid Artresia, ASD, VSD Woolf Parkinson White Syndrome and Pulmonary Regurgitation. After initial diagnosis at Grantham’s Kingfisher Ward, Naomi had a number of lifesaving operations and treatment at both Glenfield Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Unfortunately, after 2 and a half years, Naomi passed away at Glenfield Intensive Care Unit.
Naomi’s parents, Dean and Michelle, along with one of their longstanding family friends, Ben Benbow, set up The Naomi Fund to raise money for the three hospitals which cared for Naomi throughout her life – The Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Kingfisher Ward at Grantham Hospital and Heart Link at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital.
The Naomi Fund has worked tirelessly to raise money for these hospitals through various fundraising events, including an annual charity ball and the charity bike ride. So far, The Naomi Fund has raised in excess of £100,000.
This year will see the cyclists beginning the ride at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and travelling up to Grantham, starting on Saturday 29th July and finishing in Grantham on Sunday 30th July.
Vacu-Lug itself is a proud sponsor of the charity and we would like to wish our team members – and all those taking part – the best of luck for the ride.