Charity ride through Hurricane

lorna tomasetti and husband marc fundraising for Great Ormond Street hospital
lorna tomasetti and husband marc fundraising for Great Ormond Street hospital

Two Ninfield teachers joined over 20,000 cyclists to brave severe weather conditions in ‘Ride London 100’ - the annual cycling challenge billed as the London marathon for cyclists.

Lorna Tomasetti completed the 100 mile course last year to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital which has looked after her 4 year old son. She was persuaded by the charity to attempt the race again, but was apprehensive, so her colleague Marc Palmer agreed to do it with her. However, nothing could have prepared them for the onslaught of Hurricane Bertha.

The pair cycled through thunderstorms, torrential rain and flooded roads, and Lorna said: “Definitely the biggest challenge this year was the harsh weather conditions, rather than the hills. We had to cycle very carefully and avoid a lot of debris on the road. I couldn’t believe how deep some of the water was that I was cycling through. At one stage it came up to my knees. Marc was a tower of strength through the ride and kept my spirits up even when we were being lashed by hailstones.”

Lorna has been fundraising for Great Ormond Street Children’s charity as the hospital have enabled her son Edward to breathe more easily. He has had a number of operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital and is still a regular visitor. The family will “always be in debt to the excellent medical service.” To sponsor Lorna please donate at

Marc has been fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation which is a charity that is trying to find a cure and better treatment for type 1 diabetes. This is an illness which has affected Marc’s family with his Mum having type 1 diabetes. To sponsor Marc please donate at