Charity seeks riders for Legenderry cycle challenge | Action Medical Research

Charity seeks riders for Legenderry cycle challenge sponsored by Donnelly Group

16 June 2015

Action Medical Research has launched an exciting new ride in Derry and the children’s charity is on the hunt for 100 riders to sign up now for the Legenderry ride.

The format for the tour on Sunday, 16 August, is simple: 100 cyclists, a £10 entry fee, the commitment to raise a minimum of £100. Riders can cycle with former professional Ronan McLaughlin on the tour, which starts and finishes at the White Horse Hotel, in Clooney Road, Derry/Londonderry, with a ride to Magillian Point, a ferry crossing and then a picturesque return along the coast to the hotel for a delicious summer lunch.

Cyclists participating in the 50-mile Legenderry ride, which is sponsored by the Donnelly Group, will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

The School of Biomedical Sciences, at the University of Ulster, is currently involved in a study Action Medical Research is funding which is investigating whether children with Down syndrome would benefit from bifocal glasses. Dr Maggie Woodhouse, of Cardiff University, who is leading the research, hopes to discover more about how bifocals improve the vision of children with Down syndrome and their ability to explore the world around them.

Around 16,000 babies are born very prematurely, before 32 weeks of pregnancy, each year in the UK1-4 and being born this early puts children at high risk of experiencing learning difficulties. The University of Ulster's School of Psychology is also involved with a study of teenagers who were born very prematurely to find out which areas of maths they are struggling with and why.

Victor Pollock, Director of Sales for the Donnelly Group, said: “We are delighted to support such a worthy charity for this exciting new venture. The work Action Medical Research does to benefit the lives of children and their families affected by various medical conditions is amazing.  

“I would encourage everyone to sign up for the Legenderry ride - with only 100 places we are sure that it will fill up fast!”

For more information about the Legenderry ride and to register, visit the website at or contact the sales team at the White Horse Hotel on 02871 860606 or email

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For a high-res image of the launch of the Legenderry ride, please click on the link below (pictured from left are: Martin Mullan, Issam Horshi, Ian Crowe, Derek Wylie, Strictly Come Dancing's Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone, and Victor Pollock from the Donnelly Group):


  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Preterm labour and birth final scope. 10 July 2013. Website accessed 28 January 2015.
  2. ISD Scotland. Births in Scottish Hospitals. Year ending 31st March 2013. Publication date – 26th August 2014. Website accessed 19 January 2015.
  3. Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Births. Live Births, 1887 to 2013 (Excel). Website accessed 19 January 2015.
  4. Office for National Statistics. Births in England and Wales 2013. Website accessed 19 January 2015.

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.

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