Life Cycle history

Our Life Cycle journey

Over the past 6 years, Nottingham Life Cycle has raised over £2.6 million for life-changing research and student support here at the University.

This incredible result is possible thanks to the passion and dedication of our Life Cycle fundraisers and supporters. They have taken up our fundraising challenge and organised fantastic events and activities. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has been part of our Life Cycle journey so far.

Our earlier Life Cycle's saw a team of riders, led by Professor Sir David Greenaway, brave all weathers to cycle the length and breadth of the UK. And hundreds of riders taking part in our Community Bike ride.

Here we take a look back at what our Life Cycle team have achieved to date. 

Our previous Life Cycles

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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

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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. They cycled 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



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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. 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

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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. Every penny went towards improving treatment and outcomes for children at the centre.

Read our Vice-Chancellor’s blog – Life Cycle 4 



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Life Cycle 5 – Dementia Research

2015 saw the team take on a range of shorter (but hilly) challenges. This included 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. 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

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Life Cycle 6 – Breast Cancer Research

Last year we raised £700,539 for our breast cancer research in Nottingham and Derby. The team including our Vice-Chancellor and one of our expert researchers, cycled 1,400 miles around the 4 corners of Britain. 600 people took part in our community bike ride, others baked, some sky-dived and walked to help Nottingham find breast cancer early, stop it spreading and treat it right.

Read our Vice-Chancellor's blog - Life Cycle 6



You can help make Life Cycle 7 our best year yet


Life Cycle 7 - Children's Brain Tumour Research

2017 marks the 20th year that our Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre has been at the forefront of leading research. This year we want to raise £500,000 to celebrate this momentous mile stone. 

Our researchers are commited to enabling earlier diagnosis and finding safer more effective treatments. This will help give children affected by this disease, the best chance to live their lives free from major disability and the fear of the tumours returning.

You can help by getting involved today.


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.

All funds raised go directly to our researchers at Queens Medical Centre.  Thank you.