Fullerians Pedal to Paris for Watford General’s Starfish Ward

A new sensory room for the Starfish children’s ward at Watford General is one step closer to reality thanks to the Fullerians Ride for Lola. Members of the Fullerians RFC community pedalled 355km to Paris on 16 March finishing at the Stade De France two days later, raising over £20,000 for the sensory room appeal.

All smiles for the Fullerians Ride for Lola team after reaching Paris

Lola McCabe, a young patient whose life was turned upside down following a leukaemia diagnosis, inspired this amazing fundraising effort.
Lola, 4, was able to virtually join the Fullerians on their endeavour, as keeping the team company was Dobbie, Lola’s toy house elf who wore a GPS tracker enabling Lola to follow their progress. 

Eight cyclists from the Fullerians community plus a saddle and support team of two completed the fundraising initiative for Lola. The team departed the club on Wednesday 16 March at 6.30am for Newhaven, travelling by Ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe the next morning. The cyclists continued their pedal to Paris arriving on Friday 18March.

Celebrating their amazing achievement!
Richard, Willow, Lola and Emma McCabe pictured centre,
with the Ride for Lola Team and their £20,000 donation to the Starfish Ward

The care Lola has received has been amazing and whilst her prognosis is good, she has a long journey ahead of her. It has been an honour to put all of our love, efforts, and hard-earned money towards a project close to our hearts and maybe even something that will help a future Fullerian, friend or family member in the future.’

Lola’s dad Richard McCabe

The sensory room will be an important addition to the ward, creating a therapeutic space for young patients to explore during some of the toughest times children and families can face.

What the sensory room could look like

This is an amazing achievement that will bring hours of pleasure to all the children on the Starfish ward during their stay in hospital.
A great big thank you to all involved, it will be wonderful to see the finished space.

Senior Sister and Starfish Ward Manager Kerry Beasley

More information, including a simple way to make a donation to the appeal, can be found on the Ride for Lola JustGiving page.

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