Bike ride raised £685


Tony Martin completed the Virgin Money Cyclone bike ride (104 miles on Saturday 30th June) and if you wish to see him galloping through the lanes of Northumberland on his trusty steed click here.

Tony says: “It was really great to be raising money to help support such a worthy cause for those who may in future be at the Bubble Unit in the Great North Children’s Hospital at the RVI.  I was also happy to finish a personal goal in getting in the 100 miles on the same day.

It was pretty tough but all in all an enjoyable day, we had four seasons of weather in a day to contend with, some of Northumberland’s mightiest hills*, the debris collected on some bits of the road from the rain on Thunder Thursday, strong winds and I had on and off cramp for the last 40 miles.  Managed to get round officially in 9 hours 15m (this time included the four feed station stops) actual cycling time was 8hours 29m so about 12mph average

*sorry mountains – The Cheviots are a  mountain range aren’t they? – well they felt like it when the hailstones came down as we went up!”


What Tony thinks of The Bubble Foundation:

The unit at the RVI doesn’t just look after babies born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Syndrome, (SCID) they also look after older children who have immune system deficiencies that need Bone Marrow Transplants and have to be in the sterile environment.  The Bubble Foundation supports the children and babies, their families and carers.  This is especially so when they have to come from other parts of the uk or even overseas to have their child treated here in Newcastle.

The Bubble Foundation tries to make the children and their families stay as comfortable as it possibly can be under the circumstances. Please go to their website to see what they are all about

I would just like to say again a Very Big Thank You to all of you for all your generosity in helping me to achieve this and contributing to a very worthwhile cause.

All of the money raised will go to Bubble Foundation – I hope to do another event later in the year (hopefully another bike ride) to raise money for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust


Tony Martin raised a grand total of £685, Thanks Tony!