Ride London 2024
Ride London 2024
Ride London 2024

Ride London 2024

Ickle Pickles cyclists raise nearly £3,500
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Fundraiser | Charity Challenge

Four inspiring cyclists completed the iconic Ride London in May 2024 for Ickle Pickles to raise money for premature and sick babies.

Toby rode 100 miles for his daughter Lyra to raise funds for the hundreds of babies who are cared for at Kings College Hospital. Lyra was born at 34 weeks at just 3 lbs and went straight to the neonatal team at King's College Hospital. They tirelessly cared for her 24/7 with so much patience and lightheartedness, despite the constant cries of multiple babies and the heart monitor beeps. Thanks to their amazing care, Lyra came home to her parents after 6 weeks in neonatal care.

James and Tom fundraised together for the neonatal unit at Lewisham Hospital. Here’s what kept them going in their own words:

“Tom's daughter Nyla gave everyone the biggest surprise when she was born more than 8 weeks early in April 2023. She was 1.7kg (3.5 lb) and needed to be in an incubator for several weeks.

Nyla spent almost a month in neonatal intensive care (NICU) at Lewisham Hospital until she was strong enough to go home.

During this time Nyla and her parents were supported around the clock by the incredible NHS staff and also the Ickle Pickles Charity which not only provides funds for life-saving equipment (like incubators and ventilators) for premature babies like Nyla but also essential items to make parents more comfortable during their time in NICU.

Nyla is now a happy and healthy 1-year-old, thanks in no small part to Lewisham NICU and Ickle Pickles.”

Cyclist Stefan shared why he is fundraising for Ickle Pickles to inspire others to give back.

“I believe there is nothing more precious to us as humanity than our children. They are at their most vulnerable, and most precious when they are first born, even more so when they are born premature. I'm joining Team IcklePickles at the Ride London because of my gratitude. Their work helped to care for my good friend Toby’s newborn Lyra, allowing her to get through her first few months, and in memory of my little brother Patrick.”

Thank you, Stefan, Toby, James and Tom. Together, we are making a big difference to small babies.

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