A Ride for Adam’s Pedal Power Against the Elements
This July 'A Ride for Adam' entered
its fourth year on what would have been Adam Kawalek's
14th birthday. The event, which has grown year on year
in popularity, started as a tribute to Adam, a ten year old boy who
died in March 2011 after suffering from leukaemia.
Adam spent four and half years
under the care of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and the 90
mile cycle route follows the path that Adam took from his home in
Conwy to the hospital almost every week. Raising an
incredible £4,000 so far this year, the money raised is being used
to create a support guide for families of children with
Setting off from Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital, Humphrey Bear, the charity's mascot, ensured
spirits remained high as he waved off the brave riders. Despite the
wild winds, the cyclists completed the ride in an impressive 9
hours. The weather didn't make for ideal cycling conditions but
nothing deterred the 22 cyclists who took to the road for an
emotional ride to Adam's home town.
The support guide, designed by Creative Spark, provides
essential information on Bone Marrow Transplantation, a major
medical procedure that is required for children who have serious
illnesses of their blood. Adam's family, patients and staff at RMCH
have all contributed towards the bespoke guide which will be given
out by the hospital.
Before the race volunteers handed the guide to Helen Webster,
BMTU Clinical Nurse Specialist, who accepted it on behalf of the
Rob Wynn, Director of the Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation
Programme at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital said:
"The resulting guide is fantastic and is a really important part
of our preparation with families before their child's transplant.
No transplant is easy. No family wants to go through this. However
for those that do, preparation and information is vital.
Without this charity ride such an initiative could not have been
funded. On behalf of all of our BMT team I would like to thank the
riders and the organisers for such an effort. It means a lot to us
and to those that need our work."
Angela Rowe, Community Fundraising Manager for Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital Charity added:
"We are incredibly grateful to all the cyclists who bravely
endured some of the wettest weather we've had for a while to cycle
for Adam. I know through my contact with other families that this
guide is an essential tool in preparing them for a transplant. It
is extras like this which really make a difference."
More information on the event can be found at http://arideforadam.org/.
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity raises funds to
ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of children each year
across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide
additional resources that make life easier for patients and their
families who use the hospital.
The Charity has three main areas of work:
- to support research projects to improve our understanding of
- to help to create an environment that's more
- to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and
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Notes to Editors
- The Charity provides resources to make a difficult time a
little bit easier for children and their families who use Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital.
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital treats over 200,000
patients every year. They come from all over the North West
of England and from other parts of the country for some very
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is part of the
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Charity. Registered charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are: University Dental
Hospital of Manchester Charity, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Charity, Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity, Saint Mary's Hospital
Charity, Trafford Hospitals Charity