A Wednesbury dad whose daughter received major spinal surgery at our hospital will be taking to the saddle this September for our charity’s first-ever London to Paris cycling challenge.

Matthew Vipond, father to 10-year-old Libby, is among 40 others who have already set the wheels in motion and registered to take part in this iconic 300-mile event, taking place from Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 September.

For the first 10 years of her life, brave Libby was unable to play games with her friends due to the risk of injury caused by her condition – a CT scan at six-months-old revealed her spine was underdeveloped, causing her head to be permanently tilted.

Having now undergone major spinal surgery at our hospital, Libby is showing incredible progress and she even received an extra special Christmas gift this December – her very own bike.

Whilst Libby learns how to ride, Matthew will instead be pedalling for pounds in the hope of raising £1,500 for our Neurosurgery Ward to say thank you for his daughter’s exceptional care.

He said: “Taking part in this event for such a worthwhile cause is really important to me and I can’t wait to give something back to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which helped to give my daughter her life back.

“Words really can't describe what it means to me. Libby can now enjoy playtime with all of her friends at school and my family can look forward to a wonderful future, so hopefully the money I raise will help other families in the future too.”

Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at our charity, added: “It’s always so inspirational to hear that the care and treatment our hospital delivers every day inspires our families to fundraise and we’re so grateful to Matthew for deciding to say thank you to our incredible staff in this way.

“We’re thrilled to be organising this exciting new challenge for 2017 and would encourage everyone else to get involved. Participants will enjoy the experience of a lifetime whilst also making #TeamBCH history!” 

To find out more, visit: https://www.bch.org.uk/content/london-paris-2017