Our team is cycling from London to Brighton for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity because of the amazing support given to Lily-May Betts

During November 2017, a week before her first birthday, Lily-May Betts was found to have an extremely rare type of tumour in her brain. She was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma and subsequent diencephalic syndrome. Weeks of tests, scans and diagnosis at Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children followed before starting a course of intensive chemotherapy treatment. Lily's treatment is very tough on such a young child but she copes amazingly, her big beaming smile always shining through despite everything she's enduring.

Great Ormond Street Hospital has provided the expertise and quality of care that gives Lily a chance of positive long term prognosis and minimising the disabling effects of her tumour. Their care and support for both Lily and her parents has been fantastic.

GTK have put together a team including Lily's grandfather to cycle the 54 miles from London to Brighton in September 2018, raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, which relies on the generosity of donations and volunteers to provide a superb level of care for Lily and many children like her. Every day, over 600 children and young people from across the UK arrive. Every day, doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses, and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs. And every day is a chance for you to make a difference. This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential. 

If you'd like to donate to our fundraising, please visit our JustGiving page:


Team Updates


May 2018 - Candice talks about what prompted the London to Brighton ride, how we chose Great Ormond Street Hospital, and how she's finding the training.
June 2018 - Clive talks about getting back in the saddle after three years.
July 2018 - Mandy is racking up the miles
August 2018 - Chas is clocking up the miles
Rob Betts with bike

September 2018 - Rob Betts is in the final stage of training

Our Cycling Team

Our team is 15-strong and made up of GTK staff plus a few willing partners. The team is Rob Betts, Taavi Bonny, Harley Bradley, Clive Dickinson, Tom Hennessey, Mandy Kemp, Philip Maskell, John Morath, James O'Driscoll, Candice Robins, Steve Robinson, Chas Shale, Tilly Shale, Carl Sinclair and Hawk Zhao.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Registered charity no. 1160024

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