Talk training are keen to support worthwhile causes, we currently have a fundraising campaign for BOBATH (link to previous article here), and we recently sponsored Morgan Carter in his basketball aspirations (link here)

On 10th August 2014, Talk training  was delighted to sponsor Matthew Griffiths (in blue and white), a former employee of Talk training, to complete a 100 mile bike ride through London and Surrey in support of the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The event, ‘Prudential Ride London 2014’ attracted more than 24,000 participants as part of a 2 day cycling festival.

Matt was motivated to take part in the event in support of The Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), as he has personally benefitted from their care. Matt told us:

 “When I was born, I was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis, a form of congenital heart disease. When I was 5, the Great Ormond Hospital carried out a relatively new procedure at that time called a balloon valvuloplasty which stretches the pulmonary valve enabling the heart to function properly. This is a small way of saying thank you. If it wasn’t for GOSH, I probably wouldn’t be here to tell the tale.”

The event itself posed significant challenges for participants, as an unexpected severe storm, ‘Bertha’ meant weather conditions were far from ideal – cyclists had to contend with heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms. However, despite the severe weather conditions, Matt completed the ride in less than 5 hours, and raised over £1200 for this worthwhile cause.

Well done Matt!