The nurse travels 3,200 miles to each of the children’s hospices in the UK for charity.


Pediatric nurses will cycle more than 3,200 miles in 70 days to each of the children’s hospice services in the UK to raise more than £ 500,000 to support their work.

Francesca Lennon, from Chanes, Buckinghamshire, will begin a tour of 54 UK children’s hospices in Oxford on 20 June, coinciding with the start of Children’s Hospice Week (June 20-26).

The 35-year-old – who had never ridden a motorcycle as a child before managing the challenge – has since traveled to Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Cambridge, Sheffield, Belfast, Scotland and across the UK. Yes going. More.

It aims to finish on August 28 after an average of 46 miles per day.

At the start of this challenge, every children’s hospital in the UK will show its support for 54 minutes of cycling or any wheel-related activity, such as wheelchair racing or trolley dash, to support Ms Lenin – each center One minute to represent.

(Francesca Lenin / PA)

After working in the NHS for 10 years before moving to the Children’s Hospital, Ms. Lenin told the PA News Agency that she saw “first hand” what the children and their families were going through, and Assistance provided by hospitals.

“Before I went to the children’s hospice sector, I didn’t really know what they were doing. And then when I moved, I suddenly realized how much help they provide and how few people know what they do.” ” he said.

“I am in a very privileged position to be with them on their journey and to help them through some of the most difficult times in their lives, which most people do not see.

“I wanted to find a way to be able to share that with people and tell them what situations families go through and then what children’s hospices do to help them.”

Children’s hospices in the UK care for more than 99,000 critically ill children and 87% are charitable-funded, according to the Children’s Hospice Scross the UK (ChatUK) – a charity founded by Ms Lenin.

(Francesca Lenin / PA)

ChatUK aims to make people aware of the importance of the services provided by children’s hospitals.

Funds raised by Ms. Lenin will go to Together for Short Lives, a charitable organization that cares for children with stroke.

Just four months before the start of the challenge, Ms. Lenin experienced the loss of her close friend’s son, Henry, who died of severe myeloid leukemia at the age of nine.

That’s why he has dedicated ChatUK to Henry – and named his motorcycle after him.

(Francesca Lenin / PA)

Ms Lenin said the UK was leading children’s hospices – with only 12 in the US, Canada and Australia – but was struggling to raise the necessary funds to continue its vital work.

She began her training in May 2020 when she had not ridden a bike since childhood – but fortunately her mother, who is a more “regular cyclist”, helped her along the way.

“I was a runner before but I knew it would take a long time to get to all the hospitals, so I had to think of another way,” he said.

“My mother did not even allow me to ride a motorbike. So I got up at six in the morning and rode my bicycle home so that I would not embarrass myself.

Ms Lenin said she got her Cycling Challenge movement three years ago after attending a discussion with Ben Fogel about climbing Mount Everest, adding that her line, “Find Your Everest” stuck with her. Gone

(Francesca Lenin / PA)

“It made me think that the challenge of your life is not to climb Everest. It can find your own Everest,” said Ms. Lenin.

“Given that I didn’t actually have a motorcycle and I haven’t ridden one since I was a kid, it’s definitely been Everest where I am today.”

Ms. Lenin’s fundraiser can be found at