Our Life Cycle journey
Over the past 6 years, Nottingham Life Cycle has raised over £2.3 million for life-changing research and student support here at the University.
This incredible result has only been possible thanks to the passion and dedication of our Life Cycle riders who have braved all weathers to cycle the length and breadth of the UK - and the generosity of our supporters, who have sponsored our cyclists, joined our community bike ride and taken up our fundraising challenge by organising fantastic events and activities. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has been part of our Life Cycle journey so far.
Life Cycle 6 is a special year as our Vice-Chancellor, Sir David - who has always led from the front - recently revealed that this will be his last main endurance ride. Meet this year's team and find out more about their ambitious challenge to raise £1million for breast cancer research.
Here we take a look back at what our Life Cycle team have achieved to date.
Our previous Life Cycles
Life Cycle 1 – Palliative Care
The first ever Life Cycle took place in 2011, and involved the popular ‘end-to-end’ challenge from John O’Groats to Land’s End. The team were really excited to take part in this flagship event and cycled over 1,100 miles.
This ride raised an amazing £240,000 for our Sue Ryder Care Centre supporting research into Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care.
Life Cycle 2 – Nottingham Potential
In 2012, the Life Cycle team got back on the saddle to ride the opposite end-to-end diagonal route, cycling over 1,100 miles from Cape Wrath, Scotland to Dover on the south-east English coast. This raised £244,000 for Nottingham Potential, helping support bright and talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Read our Vice-Chancellor’s blog – Life Cycle 2
Life Cycle 3 – Stroke Rehabilitation Research
This year the team took a different route, covering major cities and the five capitals of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Now fast becoming an established annual ride, thanks to the generosity of donors the team raised £270,000 to support stroke survivors following hospital care alongside research into the need for stroke specialist provision of rehabilitation at home.
Read our Vice-Chancellor’s blog – Life Cycle 3
Life Cycle 4 – Children's Brain Tumour Research
In 2014, the team took on an ambitious challenge, cycling to the four corners of Great Britain in aid of our Children's Brain Tumour Research. Together with a fantastic of team of supporters, including the families of children affected by the disease, the team raised a staggering £785,000 – with every penny going to help to improve treatment and outcomes for children at the centre.
Read our Vice-Chancellor’s blog – Life Cycle 4
Life Cycle 5 – Dementia Research
Last year the team took on a range of shorter (but hilly) challenges including the Way of the Roses and the Lochs & Glens, helping raise £359,000 for our dementia research. Hundreds of people also took part in our popular community bike ride, while others supported the cause through creative fundraising – including creating a calendar of wildlife on campus, recording an album and even holding a magic show!
Read our Vice-Chancellor’s blog – Life Cycle 5
Life Cycle 6 – Breast Cancer Research
This year is our most ambitious ever – with a target to raise £1 million for our breast cancer research in Nottingham and Derby. Professor John Robertson, one of our expert researchers, is getting on his bike this summer alongside our Vice-Chancellor and others to ride to the 4 corners of Britain to help raise funds. Our researchers are committed to find breast cancer early, stop it spreading and treat it right.
You can help by getting involved today.
You can help make Life Cycle 6 our best year yet
Life Cycle has proved that great things happen when great people come together. If you have been part of our Life Cycle journey, please do continue to support us however you can. We need you now more than ever.
If you are new – welcome. You are joining a wonderful community of creative and committed supporters.
You can sponsor the Vice-Chancellor and our Life Cycle riders on Just Giving below, or give a donation using our simple form.
100% of all funds raised go straight to our research laboratories in Nottingham and Derby. Thank you.