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Ride for their Lives 2021

Picture : Delegates & Representatives of C0P26 and COP27, Glasgow, United Kingdom, October 2021

Ride for their Lives 2021

Ride for their Lives was the brainchild of two staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital - consultant paediatric intensivist Mark Hayden and manager Vincent Lee.

Both were concerned about the climate crisis's shadow cast over today’s children. They set out to highlight this threat by cycling from London to Geneva in the run-up to COP26, spreading the word to other healthcare providers and the public, and putting pressure on world leaders to act.

70 health care providers joined them for the 800km journey from London to Glasgow where the summit was held.

They were accompanied by a UK tour of Michael Pinsky's award-winning installation Pollution Pods in a unique collaboration between the arts and healthcare sector to inspire action on the air pollution crisis.

Around the world, healthcare providers cycled over 1 million km as part of a virtual Ride for their Lives: CLICK HERE to view how we got to our target.

Watch our 22-minute summary video below - or if time is short, our bize-sized day-by-day clips

Ride for their Lives 2021 summary (22.36)

Pre-Launch: Granary Square, London (1.57)

Day 1: Riders Setting off from London (1.28)

Day 2: Oxford to Birmingham (1.24)

Day 3: Birmingham to Chesterfield (1.16)

Day 4: Chesterfield to Harrogate (2.28)

Day 5: Harrogate to Newcastle (1.32)

Day 6: Newcastle to Carlisle (1.42)

Day 7: Carlisle to Lesmahagow (1.53)

Day 8: Lesmahagow to Glasgow (2.30)

The story ended with a talk at COP26 in Glasgow that brought together our lose alliance of partners that had formed around the ride including the many NHS trusts, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the World Health Organization.

Healthcare Professional Advocacy talk, COP26 (22.04)

A key legacy of the ride was the creation of an active, committed network of healthcare providers determined to clean up the air and shift the world’s climate trajectory to save children’s lives, starting with Ride for their Lives 2022.

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