Riding to say thanks for lifesaving treatment

Grace Kelly setting off on her cycle ride to raise money for the Royall Manchester Children's Hospital. (s)
Grace Kelly setting off on her cycle ride to raise money for the Royall Manchester Children's Hospital. (s)

A 12-year-old Wiswell girl is encouraging people to take part in the 2016 “It’s Knott Winter” 100km cycle to raise money for the hospital which gave her lifesaving treatment.

Grace Kelly will join cyclists on November 6th to take part in the 100km round-trip to raise funds for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The route, graded as a level 2 “challenging” route by British Cycling, sees participants begin their journey in Clitheroe at The Green Jersey cycle shop who have organised the event.

The riders will then loop around the Lancashire and Yorkshire border, ascending 1,386ft to Bowland Knotts, before passing Gisburn Forest Reservoir and other Ribble Valley beauty spots, before returning to The Green Jersey for a well-deserved bowl of hot soup and drinks.

Named after Bowland Knotts, the highest climb of the cycle route, The Green Jersey’s “It’s Knott Winter” sportive aims to encourage riders to cycle all year round, no matter the weather conditions.

Not for beginners, the event purposely takes place in November so that the weather conditions on the day form part of the challenge. The Green Jersey have chosen to donate all proceeds to the Children’s Hospital in support of Grace and her father Kez, who are regular customers at the shop.

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a place very close to Grace and her family’s hearts. Last year, following an onset of continuous headaches, Grace was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain and was blue-lighted to the Manchester facility for life-saving surgery.

Thankfully, the procedure was a success and two days later, Grace’s headaches had completely gone.

Phil from The Green Jersey cycle shop said: “Grace’s story has shown us how much difference a few minutes can make to a child’s life. When she reached the hospital, she was treated by highly skilled and devoted staff, who were able to treat her successfully in a situation where every second counts. As cyclists, we all want to be that little bit quicker. By helping Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity to fund vital resources, we can help them to find that crucial few minutes that allow them to save lives.”

Angela Rowe, Community Fundraising Manager for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said:

“We are incredibly thankful to The Green Jersey for choosing to support our hospital and wish all of the participants the best of luck in what is a very significant challenge. Our charity aims to make a real difference to the patients like Grace by ensuring they continue to receive the highest quality treatment in the highest quality facilities.”

The entrance fee is £25 and each participant will get a fully signed route with marshals, mechanical support and access to a feed station on route. Gaining sponsorship for this event to further support the appeal is not obligatory but all participants are welcome to do so if they wish. For further information or to book your place on the “It’s Knott Winter” cycle, visit: www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/150878/It-s-Knott-Winter---RMCH-Helipad-appeal