A Big THANK YOU from the Liam Pridmore Memorial Ride team!

Maybe you tested your legs on the bike, joined us for the live entertainment and perhaps participated in our raffle? Maybe you won? However you supported us, on or around the event day on September 5th, we’d like to extend one very big THANK YOU. Once again, overwhelming support was received from Prince Energy, The Golden Pheasant and many other local businesses. The sustained and humbling support of the local community is fundamental to the event’s success.

We’re delighted to announce another successful year which sees us raising a grand total of £6,000! The Brain Tumour Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust and Cardiac Risk in the Young are this year’s nominated charities. Please SAVE THE DATE for next year’s event! Saturday September 3rd, 2016. See you there!

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Which Charities for 2015?

Each year, we select two charities to benefit from the funds raised in addition to the Brain Tumour Foundation. The Liam Pridmore fund at the Brain Tumour foundation is of course an annual beneficiary. For more information on Liam, please see the About page here.

Cardiac Risk in the Young
We were made aware of the charity following the tragic and sudden death of a local girl Lucy Jessop, who collapsed and died in March 2015 after running with a friend. Lucy was such a happy young lady; she was very confident and enjoyed life to the full. She worked hard and attended The Deepings School and was looking forward to going to University. Prior to her sudden death she had been accepted to all her University choices and wanted so much to be a pharmacist. She loved to Party and had lots of great friends who are sadly missing her like crazy; she would want everyone to Party on and live their lives to the full. She worked at the Packhorse pub in Northborough and loved it so much. She had a great work ethic and loved her technology so much. Her mobile phone was a permanent fixture in her hand and every time she went out she would take photos of everything – Selfies were a must!

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of an undiagnosed heart condition such as the one that affected Lucy. Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programs and funds medical research. CRY also publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.

Please see their website for further detail. We are sure you will agree that this is a great cause for us to support in 2015.

Teenage Cancer Trust
We know how difficult and challenging it can be for young people with Cancer and their families to deal with the day to day onslaught of visits to hospital for the treatment they require. We’ve discovered a great new initiative in place at Addenbrookes Hospital and supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s a Specialist Day-Care Centre specifically for those aged 14 to 24, and it provides a space for them to go to and hang out whilst undergoing treatment. It avoids them having to sit around on hospital wards during treatment and provides specific facilities that make their time spent in hospital a little more bearable. We know Liam would have loved a place like this. He would have especially liked the gaming facilities and the pool table!

Please see this page on their site for more information.

Which Charities for 2014?

In Liam’s memory our main focus has always been to raise money for charities that support children and their families who have been affected by Cancer. So we are proud this year to be raising money again for The Brain Tumour Charity.

In addition we always seek out other charities to support that have a direct link to friends and families in the surrounding area. This year we have chosen the Anthony Nolan charity and also Diabetes UK.

Our friend, Ian Wilson, or perhaps better known to most as Larry, has recently suffered from Leukaemia; a blood cancer that affects over 25,000 people a year in the UK. Thankfully, he is now recovering and making excellent progress. We thought it would be a great idea to raise money for Anthony Nolan which assists patients and their families in dealing with the challenges that coping with blood cancer can create. Larry is determined to come and ride the event this year!

We will also be supporting Diabetes UK this year. Reenie Holman, the daughter of one of our committee members, discovered that she has type 1 Diabetes earlier this year. Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it. Diabetes UK provides a wide range of services and products to affected individuals and their families, and is one of the main organisations in the UK raising awareness of the disease and providing vital support and information to make living with diabetes much easier and manageable over time.

We hope you agree that supporting these three charities this year is a very worthwhile cause indeed. For more details on each charity please click their logos to be directed to their homepages.