The Flo Riders Charity Cycle first happened on Oct 13th 2018 in support of World Squash Day. 20 riders set out and, in spite of a late time of year and some adverse weather conditions, all 20 riders finished. With massive support from the clubs involved, in total £5165 was raised.
This year we are going to start a little earlier in the year and reverse the route so we do the hardest leg early. Let’s go!
About Florence’s Heroes – Charity Cycle Aug 17th 2019
The Flo Riders Charity Cycle is in aid of Florence’s Heroes, a charitable fund set up by Chris and Sarah Wheat. Their story is below:
Florence was born just over 6 weeks early in 2015, weighing in at a little over 3 lbs. She was immediately admitted to the Neonatal Unit at Colchester General Hospital. At only a few days she was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus (a build-up of fluid on the brain) and then not long after that her Congenital Heart Defects. In total, she spent the first 104 days of her life in 3 different hospital
There are 3 services in her journey so far that we are so indebted to and thus “Florence’s Heroes Fund” was born. It is our pledge as a family to fund raise in various ways, not for Florence herself but for these services to enable them to go on helping other children.
Neonatal Unit at Colchester General Hospital – the care Florence received during her long stay on this unit was exceptional. As a family, we remain thankful to this team every day for everything they did for Florence.
Acute Neonatal Transfer Service (ANTS)– this is a regional service that specialises in the transportation of sick babies. They have 2 ambulances for the whole of East Anglia. Every shift each ambulance is manned by a driver, specialist neonatal nurse and doctor. They are equipped with a transportable incubator and with every possible piece of equipment that a sick baby may need. This is a 24 hour, 7 days a week service. In total Florence travelled with them 6 times in 3 months.
Royal Brompton Hospital – there are few hospitals in the world that have the skills and expertise to perform open heart surgery to repair defects on a tiny 2 month old baby weighing only 5lbs. This hospital is world class and without whom Florence would not be with us today.