Saturday, 20 April 2024
Saturday, 20 April 2024

Guests put through their paces at GOSH Charity’s Velodrome Challenge

GREAT Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) and The Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation welcomed 250 guests at the annual Velodrome Challenge event at Lee Valley VeloPark recently. The event raised a total of £316,000 for GOSH Charity, to support seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).  

The Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation teamed up with GOSH Charity to create the Velodrome Challenge, a bespoke, adrenaline-filled event sponsored by Morgan Stanley and Freshfields, which allows cyclists to compete at the iconic Velodrome in London’s Olympic Park.   

The 20 teams who attended were provided with specialised coaching from cycling legends Victoria Pendleton CBE, Jody Cundy CBE, James Golding, Ryan Owens and Alex Dowsett before taking part in a high-speed race around the track. In the evening, the guests were able to enjoy a panel discussion hosted by BBC presenter, Ore Oduba. Alongside Gordon Ramsay and Victoria Pendleton, Chris Robshaw and GOSH Charity Clinical Professor in Paediatric Neuro-Oncology and Honorary Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Professor Darren Hargrave, also joined the panel to give their expert tips on high performance. 

The teams completed their day with a fundraising gala dinner in the middle of the famous track – the menu having been designed by Gordon’s team and Absolute Taste.  

The money raised will go towards supporting children’s cancer care at GOSH. GOSH sees the rarest and most difficult-to-treat childhood cancers, seeing around 400 children who have been diagnosed with cancer every year – more than any other hospital in the UK. Although investment in research and treatments has dramatically improved survival rates, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the UK in children aged one to 14. 

The Velodrome Challenge is the latest way the Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation has supported GOSH Charity, after announcing its partnership in 2015. Since then, the Foundation has raised over £1million for GOSH Charity to help support the hospital’s most urgent needs. 

Victoria Pendleton CBE said:

“It’s amazing to have raised over £300,000 for GOSH Charity from this year’s Velodrome Challenge after having a wonderful day with all our guests. GOSH is a place very close to my heart and I am honoured to support the charity in my role as Children’s Champion. I have seen first-hand the difference the money raised can make to the seriously ill children who are treated there, so I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the event.”  

Liz Tait, GOSH Charity’s Director of Fundraising said:

“The Velodrome Challenge is a fantastic event and we love joining forces with the incredible Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation to raise as much money as possible to support the hospital.  

“To raise over £300,000 is just amazing and it will go a long way to provide the best possible care for children with cancer who are treated at GOSH. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our event sponsors Morgan Stanley and Freshfields, and to everyone involved.” 

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