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Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer
Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer
Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer

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Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Get Active Day

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Get Active Day

Team CFC meeting one of the lovely families we support

It's one of our favourite days in the whole year as we get to meet amazing young people living with and beyond cancer,  as well as their families, and find out how we can support them to get pedalling!  We take along lots of different sized bikes, trikes and KMX karts to let the children experince riding them and offer support and advice as to what is suitable for their needs.  This year 5 pre-applied for bikes were delivered and on the day a further 27 bikes and trikes were applied for.  Lots of bikes ridden, happy smiles and memories made!  We can't wait to order these bikes and get them delivered out to the children and their families so that they can get outside, get active and experience the wealth of phyiscal and mental health benefits that cycling brings.  

Lucy Waller leads a team of Paediatric Physiotherapists in the Cancer Unit at GOSH, who we have been working with for the past 15 years.  She explains a bit more about their Get Active Day,  

As a Cancer Unit, we are passionate about promoting the importance and benefits of being active through and after treatment due to the multiple benefits to physical and psychological well being that this brings. We are constantly looking at ways to encourage the patients and their families to be active during hospital and at home.

The idea behind our Get Active Day is to promote being physically active through and beyond their cancer treatment, allowing children to try various sports and activities in a fun and supportive way. CFC have supported us since we began this in 2019, and they are a very valued returning supporter. The range of bikes and trikes available to use means there is great accessibility for our wide range of children and young people’s abilities, and all the CFC Team are so encouraging and motivating, resulting in it being one of the most popular activities of the day.  

Cycling is an excellent form of physical activity with so many benefits; low impact, improves cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength, encourages coordination and promotes maintenance of healthy weight and mind. All of these positive effects make it such a brilliant, fun, sociable and accessible activity for so many of our patients, who have varying abilities and disabilities. We use pedals, static exercise bikes, arm bikes and moto med bikes for children and young people having treatment in hospital, and wherever possible encourage cycling to continue at home. Many of our CYP have never had a bike before, or certainly one that fits and/or has been brought specifically for them; it is such a wonderful experience to be able to offer our patients the opportunity to apply for a bike through Cyclists Fighting Cancer – the smiles on their faces when they find out they can apply for a brand-new bike and choose the colour (!) is priceless. It is so well received from families, at often times of worry, sadness and anxiety, who are able to spend some time thinking about the positives of what their child is able to do or build up to be able to do, and not just about the terrifying Cancer diagnosis and treatment. Riding a bike is such a typical activity for children to enjoy in the outdoors, often an activity they enjoyed before being diagnosed with Cancer, and allows being active to be fun, and something they are able to enjoy doing with their siblings and or friends.

My team have, in particular, found huge benefit in the CFC provision of specialised bikes and trikes to children who require adaptations due to their neurological and musculoskeletal complications of having cancer. These cycles are expensive, require experts to measure and recommend, and are often out of reach for the majority of our CYP and their families. These CYP in particular, get a huge amount of rehabilitative benefit from these pieces of equipment - for some of these children who are unable to walk, being able to cycle a trike may be the only form of independent mobility they achieve short or longer term.  

We are extremely proud of the work that we do with GOSH and all of the paediatric oncology units around the UK and we can't wait to deliver all of the bikes and trikes that were applied for on the day so that the children can get pedalling!