Cyclists supporting DRWF took on 100-mile cycle ride – including DRWF-funded researcher Chloe Rackham, who shares her experience.
DRWF had six cyclists supporting the charity at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in August – who raised a grand total of £2943.34.
Stuart Edwards, Will Jones, Scott Mills, David Cleaver, Paddy Armes and DRWF-funded researcher Chloe Rackham represented the charity on the day for the gruelling course taking in the sights of central London and the Surrey countryside on the way.
Karen Scott, DRWF Community Fundraiser, said: “We were delighted to have six DRWF cyclists taking part in the Prudential RideLondon 100. This is part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling, with more than 100,000 participants cycling more than 3 million miles in six different events over the weekend.”
Chloe Rackham, PhD, DRWF Research Fellow at King's College London was among the cyclists taking on the challenge of the 100-mile cycle ride and raising money for DRWF
“I chose to support DRWF and all of the incredible work that they do in helping people who live with diabetes, as well as many scientists working in the field of diabetes like myself and colleagues, to continue our research to keep making quality of life and treatment options better.
“DRWF support the research we are doing at King’s College London to investigate the mechanisms through which Mesenchymal Stem Cells can be used to improve the efficiency of clinical islet transplantation. Through improving the efficiency of the transplant procedure, we would like to ensure that clinical islet transplantation can be offered as a therapeutic option to the greatest possible number of people living with type 1 diabetes, as well as improving the lifespan and function of the transplanted islets for each individual transplant recipient. Thank you to DRWF for their support.
“Preparation for RideLondon-Surrey 100 was demanding, but made easier with the support of my husband Martin who did the long training cycles with me, as well as the generous contributions of family and friends who have helped me to raise money for DRWF. Thank you all.
“The cycle on the day was fantastic - great to see so many people out cheering on myself and other fundraisers. The hard work training paid off, although the second half of the cycle hurt, I may have started a little too fast to make sure I completed the event on time! Despite this, it was a tremendous pleasure to ride for team DRWF.”