We are happy to announce that we have finalised our TOFS Team for the RideLondon-Essex 100.
Riding in support of TOFS are:
- Steve Hardingham
- Rachel Love
- Paul Williamson.
Steve’s son, Archie was born with OA/TOF as was Rachel’s daughter, Ruby.
Taking place on the 29th May, RideLondon-Essex 100 is a unique opportunity to ride 100 miles on traffic-free roads through the heart of London and neighbouring Essex with an iconic finish at Tower Bridge.
Scroll down to read their stories on why supporting TOFS is important to them. If you would like more information on how you can support TOFS please click here.
About our riders
Hi, my name is Steve Hardingham and I have a son Archie who was born with OA/TOF over 5 years ago!
I am taking part in the Ride London-100 to combine my love of cycling with supporting the TOFS charity. The TOFS charity has been a great support network, not only for Archie but also for his mummy and me. Like many families and individuals, I did not know what OA/TOF was and was unsure on how this was going to impact Archie and consequently our lives.
Archie was born premature with undiagnosed OA/TOF; unable to breathe or swallow for himself. Within 3 hours he was transferred to The Royal London, Whitechapel for lifesaving surgery. The first few weeks of his life in an induced coma and then a couple of weeks later I was finally able to hold him. We came home on CPAP & NG feeds 2 months later.
At 7 months old Archie’s mummy had to give him CPR – he was then diagnosed with severe tracheomalacia – this resulted in emergency heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
With all that has gone on in 5 years of Archie’s life he is a happy boy who started school this year and is thriving. So many people often say to us “you wouldn’t know there is anything wrong with him as he is such a happy, confident and polite little boy.”
I am looking forward to speaking to other OA/TOF parents or TOFS that are doing the cycle ride with me.
Lastly to Archie, you inspire so many people and you will be on my mind throughout this 100mile cycle. See you at the finish x
My daughter, Ruby, was born with OA/TOF. This means she could not swallow and had to undergo life-saving surgery at just one day old.
Fast forward to 6 years, multiple operations and spells in intensive care later and you would never know she had ever had any problems!
TOFS were a tremendous support during the difficult early years for which we are forever grateful, and the reason why I want to help raise money.
I have been cycling for many years and have previously taken part in cycle sportives, however I’ve never cycled as far as 100 miles, so I’m looking forward to the challenge!
Ruby, your determination, strength and energy will be on my mind throughout the ride and I look to you for my inspiration.
I am delighted to be cycling Ride London in support of the TOFs charity. My friend and cycling partner Rachel’s daughter, Ruby, was born with OA/TOF. TOFs were an amazing support to Rachel and her family, and I am so delighted that the money we raise will go to such a good cause.
I live in Brighton with my family and two young sons. Rachel and I will be training over the coming weeks around Sussex to get fit for the 100-mile challenge. I am daunted and excited in equal measure but I know that raising money for TOFS will be a massive motivation as we pedal around London on the 29th May.