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Riders saddle up to raise money for seriously ill children

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GREAT Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has been announced as the Charity of the Year for Prudential RideLondon in 2018. 750 riders will pedal the streets of London and Surrey in July 2018 to raise money for the charity to support Great Ormond Street Hospital and seriously ill children from across the UK.

Cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to sign up to the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 which takes in some of London’s finest and most iconic sights, starting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and heading out through the capital towards the stunning countryside and leg-busting hills of Surrey before returning to London to the finish in the spectacular setting of The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

Double Olympic Gold medal winning track cyclist Victoria Pendleton CBE will be supporting the Team GOSH cyclists ahead of the event in 2018 in her role as the charity’s Children’s Champion. Victoria said: “Great Ormond Street Hospital will always have a special place in my heart. I am hugely grateful for the care and compassion that was shown to my twin brother when he was treated for leukaemia there as a child, as well as the support that my parents and I received.

“I am delighted that Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity will be the Charity of the Year for Prudential RideLondon which will offer any budding cyclists a fantastic opportunity to raise money for the charity and help them to fund vital support services such as parent accommodation.”

As part of her support to the team of cyclists, Victoria will be providing her own top tips on training for the 100 mile ride, and the charity will provide a cycle top to wear on the day.

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity says: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Prudential RideLondon for such a prestigious cycling event. We look forward to welcoming cyclists of all abilities to the GOSH Charity team to raise vital funds for seriously ill children across the UK.”

For more information about Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, or to donate please visit www.gosh.org.