£945raised of £2,500 target by 21 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,500 to sponsor Lydia's journey to the World Transplant Games 2017 in Malaga Spain

York, United Kingdom
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We are raising funds to cover Lydia's expenses associated with attending the World Transplant Games in Malaga Spain 2017

Lydia was born with a progressive terminal liver disease in 2000. Lydia was first unwell at around 6 weeks old and we quickly realised that we were in for a long journey. Our days were filled with hospital trips and looking after her. For the first 6 years we did all we could to give her a normal life. In and out of hospital all the time. Lydia's condition meant she was perpetually itchy(often ripping her skin to eleviate the itching) and very tired. She barely had enough energy to play.

At the age of 6 she underwent a live-saving and life-enhancing transplant. This second chance at life has been grabbed firmly with both hands. Lydia instantly had more energy than she knew what to do with. She loves to ride her bike and loves to compete. On any given Sunday, she wants to be out on her bike, in particular, seeking out hills to ride up. She is currently taking great pleasure in making her dad suffer on a bike as he cant keep up anymore.

After a stunning performance the British Transplant Games this year in Liverpool, where she won both the Time-Trial and the Road Race in her age group, she has been selected to represent Great Britain in cycling. She will compete in the 5km time trial in the World Transplant Games 2017.

We need to raise funds to cover her flights and accommodation in Spain along with her training expenses and official GB kit. Along with accommodation and flights for her chaperone. The suggested cost per person is £1500.

We do not receive funding from the government or Lottery Funding like the Olympians do, hence we have to raise all the money ourselves.

We will be doing various fundraising events over the coming months to raise even more money.

Any surplus funds will go towards the Transplant Sport UK Managemen

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  • Richard Mellen

    Richard Mellen

    7 days ago

    Richard Mellen

    NEWS ALERT: watch this space later in the week for exciting news and your chance to win great things. More to follow.

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  • Richard Mellen

    Richard Mellen

    23 days ago

    Richard Mellen

    Wonderful news to share with you all. The best Cycling Club in the world - Velo Club York has donated £100 to help Get Lydia to Malaga. Then, to top of an already very good week, a friend of mine i've not seen in maybe 30 years contacted me to donate a more-than generous £200 in memory of his very dear Mam Victoria Ellen Park. These acts of generosity do pull on my emotions so much. I was moved to tears with everyone's kindness. This takes our total(incl offline donations) to £1545. Keep your support coming. She will be bringing Gold home.

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  • Richard Mellen

    Richard Mellen

    a month ago

    Richard Mellen

    EXCITING NEWS. We would like to say a massive thank you to Lorraine Blake of the Benjamin Gautrey Foundation. This wonderful charity have awarded Lydia a superb and beyond helpful donation of £500 to help get her to Malaga. More about this amazing charity can be found here http://www.thebenjamingautreyfoundation.org.uk/ I hope you all can visit the page and spread the word for the wonderful work they do. Thank you again Lorraine and The Benjamin Gautrey Foundation. This pushes Lydia's total to £1135. still some way to go guys

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3 months ago

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  • Julie park

    Julie park

    Nov 10, 2016

    From Rob Julie Tom and Lila Park in memory of Victoria Ellen Park


  • Thom


    Oct 31, 2016

    My Pro-vember pledge to begin. Less than 2000 calories a day, and no booze, I must be mad. I'll add £1 for every day I fail. Hopefully others will get involved too.


  • Omar Z Yilmaz

    Omar Z Yilmaz

    Oct 30, 2016

    Dear RichardI Was Told By Carol Jackson About Lydia.I Would Be Very Glad To Donate To Your Fund.RegardsOmar


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Richard Mellen

Richard Mellen

York, United Kingdom

My name is Richard Mellen and I am Lydia's father.

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