Bike ride to raise money for little Mia

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A group of friends are getting ready to take part in a cycling challenge to raise money for Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre.

Alan Maddox, Rick Huntington, Paul Scott, Neil Chantry, Les Chambers, Matt Huntington, Helen Scott and Jamie Bower will be cycling 380 miles from the QMC to Land’s End to raise money for the hospital’s paediatric renal unit.

The pals, who live in the Mansfield and Ashfield area, decided to undertake the gruelling challenge because Matt’s two-year-old daughter Mia developed renal failure when she was 18 months after suffering from a condition called haemolytic uraemic syndrome.

Matt, who lives in Kirkby, said the group would spend six days on the road and they have been building up their training programme.

“We are trying to go out with each other as much as we can,” he said.

Meanwhile, Matt’s wife Kirsty has praised the hospital staff.

“They were really friendly,” she said.

“They let us ask questions all the time and they gave us advice and support. The doctors were there at all hours.”

The group will be setting off on 7th August. To sponsor the team visit