This weekend, some brave MBers will take to their cycles to conquer the Prudential Ride London – Surrey 100 mile challenge. 100 miles. That’s 160 kms. Literally hours and hours and hours on a bicycle.
Why this madness? For a very good cause indeed.
The team are raising funds for the Olive Martin Brighter Future Fund, set up in memory of MBer Paul Martin’s daughter. Olive was born with a very complex heart condition. After two 9-hour open-heart procedures in the space of a week, and another week of being fully supported on ECMO, Olive passed away, only 6 weeks after she was born. Paul and his wife Clare are now focused on funding break-through heart research projects at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where Olive had been treated. In less than a year, over £20,000 has been raised in Olive’s memory.
The fund has already financed the purchase of a new TOE probe for GOSH – a piece of equipment that gives an alternative way to perform an echocardiogram, giving the clinicians a detailed image of a child’s heart.
We’d love your help in raising awareness of the Olive Martin fund. It might be as simple as liking the Facebook page, or following on Twitter. For those able to donate, you can do so here, and for those that would like to plan your own event to contribute to the fund, that would be wonderful! You can find some inspiration on how you might get involved on the Olive Martin site.
As for the wonderful MBers and friends of Paul and Clare that are gearing up for the Ride London cycle this weekend; they may not be the fastest team on the circuit, but we’re guessing they’re the best-dressed. The kit, modelled here by Olive’s big bro Arnold, was designed by MBer Dan Green – who is also cycling a whopping 4,680km for the fund. The Olive Martin logo was created by MB ECD Darren Bowles.
With only four days left until the Ride London event, the team need a little more help in meeting their target, so please fire them some messages of support, and cold hard cash, if you can.
All proceeds will go to towards the Olive Martin fund’s new goal, of supporting the Standard Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPS). This will help to create new clinical assessment and management plans for children who are post heart transplant, and those with congenital heart defects.