The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is an extraordinary 100-mile bike ride which takes riders through the capital and out into Surrey’s stunning countryside, before returning to London and finishing on The Mall. Thousands of cyclists – many of them riding for charity – undertake this gruelling challenge, each of them with their own motivation. The 11 Evelina Elephants are riding in memory of William and raising money to help other families and children.
William Alec Ferguson was born on 22nd December 2017 with a rare heart tumour. He passed away in his mother’s arms on 10th January this year. He received incredible support from the Evelina London Children’s Hospital and his parents Adam and Emma are now raising funds for the centre in memory of their son.
“William was just a few hours old when he went to theatre at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital and had his first operation,” write Adam and Emma.
“He was then looked after in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. We got to spend a wonderful Christmas there and the staff were all incredible with helping us enjoy the day as fully as we could.”
“In the new year, things took a turn for the worse and William started to struggle more and more to breathe on his own, as the tumour was impacting on his tiny lungs,” they continue. “Unfortunately we were told there was nothing that could be done for the tumour given its size, nature and position. On 10th January William was taken off ventilation. The care we received was incredible and we met lots of families and children during our time at the Evelina who also benefitted from the support offered, which is largely down to donations from the public. We ride to remember William.
Help raise funds for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital
The Evelina London Children’s Hospital cares for young people from across South East England. It helps sick children and their parents through every stage of illness, from antenatal diagnosis through to childhood, into adolescence and on into adult life. It is also the first London hospital of its kind to offer specialist keyhole surgery designed for children.
Although a part of the NHS, Evelina relies on private funds and donations to continue doing everything it can for poorly children. The Evelina Elephants are cycling 100 miles to raise funds for the centre in memory of William. “William was doing so well and he got to meet many more family and friends,” write Adam and Emma. “We enjoyed our time working out how to look after a newborn with the support of all the nurses and doctors.”
Excited and slightly nervous about riding this Sunday, the Evelina Elephants are raising money so sick children and their parents in South East England can receive support. Meet the team in their fundraising video, out and about on their bikes preparing for the big day.
You can help the Evelina Elephants in their fundraising mission by donating here.