Cycling addict goes for hat trick in aid of children's charity | Action Medical Research

Cycling addict goes for hat trick in aid of children's charity

16 April 2013

Chris Dormady, a self-confessed cycling addict and Essex-resident living in Yeldham, is taking on not one, not two, but three gruelling 100 miler bike rides in 2013.

He will be clocking up more than 300 miles, and raising funds for children's charity Action Medical Research, when he takes part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 (12 May), RideLondon-Surrey 100 (4 August), plus the Essex 100 (1 September) rides.

In 2007 Chris's first baby son Charley was born.  Instead of ‘wetting the baby's head’ and enjoying the early days of fatherhood with Charley, Chris was to go through the most difficult period of his life.

Charley was born with a very rare genetic condition, Trisomy 13 Mosaic (also known as Patau syndrome), which causes severe intellectual disability and physical abnormalities in many parts of the body. After a rollercoaster of scans, tests and operations, Charley sadly died at just 16 weeks old as a result of complex heart problems.

“Nothing can ever be as difficult as that again,” says Chris. He started cycling after a knee operation in April 2008 to help his recuperation and to get fit again.  Part of a group called The Punch Bunch, based in Essex, Chris cycles regularly and once a month goes away for a long ride or mountain biking. 

“Although I got into cycling to keep fit, I wanted to do something special in memory of my Charley.  Action organises some great rides and I also get the chance to raise some money to help them fund research into rare diseases and other conditions that affect babies and children,” says Chris.

He has encouraged other members of his cycling group to get on their bikes and take on challenges for Action. His biking buddy Steve Hills from Southend is also taking on the same three 100 milers for the charity and another friend John Burke ran the Brighton Marathon in memory of Charley.

Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children. The charity organises some of the most popular and respected cycling events in the UK: RIDE100 series, Action DIVA (women only), Action End2End and Action 3 Cities.

The RideLondon-Surrey 100 takes place along the Olympic 2012 road cycling route in August. Guaranteed places with the charity are now full, but it is possible to register interest and be added to a reserve list. Action Medical Research is also calling on any riders who already have a guaranteed place via the ballot to help raise funds for the charity. For details contact Oly Watts on 01403 327443 or

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Chris Dormady on the 2012 Essex 100:

Chris Dormady, right, and Steve Hills, left, on the 2012 Suffolk 100:

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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