Thomas is gearing up for best time yet
06 April 2017
Grateful dad Thomas Gamby is in serious training mode as he gears himself up for this year’s challenging Prudential RideLondon 100.
It will be the fourth year Thomas, from Leigh, has taken part in
the event which takes cyclist 100 miles from the Surrey countryside
to the heart of London - and he is determined to achieve his best
Once again Thomas, 35, will
be raising money for Southend University Hospital's Special Care
Baby Unit, in gratitude for the way his partner, Caroline Quirke,
and son Theodore, born six weeks prematurely, were cared for.
He explained: "We knew
Caroline would not go full term and the care we received throughout
her pregnancy was excellent."
Theodore spent 10 days in
the unit back in July 2014 but is now a thriving, energetic
two-year-old who keeps his parents on their toes.
Thomas said: "To be honest,
Theodore was quite well compared with some of the other very poorly
babies in the unit. It certainly opened our eyes.
"We had great care from
consultant Debbie Jennings and the nursing staff. They reassured us
and were always there if we had questions - so it was an easy
choice to opt to raise money for them when I enrolled in the
In previous rides Thomas has
raised about £1,675 - not counting Gif t Aid - and he is hoping to
give that total a big boost this year. His best time so far was 5hr
1min 56 sec - but that was when he was living in Romford and
cycling to his work with a financial company in Docklands every
day. Since moving to Leigh, he has - perhaps understandably -
dropped the daily commute in the saddle.
So, determined to beat his
personal best, large chunks of his weekends are taken up by some
He is quietly confident: "I
am going to train harder than I did for the last two years."
If anyone would like to
donate to the Southend Hospital Neonatal Unit in support of Thomas,
The hospital is
calling for any keen cyclists who would like to take part in the
100-mile challenge to join its charity team. The registration fee
is £50 with a minimum sponsorship requirement of £500 which will go
to the cyclist's preferred ward or department.
To sign up, contact the
hospital's Events and Corporate Relations Manager, Elise Fleetwood
on 01702 435555 ext 8444, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Gamby with his son Theodore.