A wheelie great effort from Esme!

Esme Johnson, aged nine, cycled from her home to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, a journey of 13 miles,

Esme Johnson, aged nine, cycled from her home to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, a journey of 13 miles, - Credit: Archant

A Great Gransden schoolgirl has raised almost £2,000 for the new cancer unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in a quest to help her granny.

Esme Johnson, aged nine, cycled from her home to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, a journey of 13 miles,

Esme Johnson, aged nine, cycled from her home to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, a journey of 13 miles, - Credit: Archant

Esme Johnson, organised a 13-mile charity cycle ride from her home in Great Gransden to the hospital’s Woodlands Centre on February 17 and was met by staff, friends and family at the unit.

Esme, aged nine, whose father Nik is a paediatrician at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, came up with the idea of fund-raising after her granny was diagnosed with lung cancer just before Christmas. She wanted to raise £218 to buy a chair for the Woodlands but has so far collected £1,600. On the morning after her bike ride, Esme was interviewed by Radio Two DJ Chris Evans who runs a feature about people doing new things.

Esme said on her Just Giving page: “I want to help my granny and other people who are fighting cancer. I am nine years old and am going to raise money by doing a sponsored bike ride between my home and the hospital treating my granny.”

Dr Johnson, who cycled with Esme, said: “It was very cold but we did manage to stop for hot chocolate on the way and it was lovely to see the welcoming party at the Woodlands when we finished.”


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INFO: If you want to support Esme’s fund raising go to: Just Giving:crowdfunding.justgiving.com/esme-johnson

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