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Kerala Bike Challenge

Kerala Bike Challenge

In November 2013 a group of seven people, made up of UCLH staff and supporters of UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation, took part in a challenge of a lifetime and cycled across Kerala, India, raising over £13,000 for the Lungs for Living Research Centre.

Kerala is one of the smallest states in India, and one of great natural beauty, stretching for 360 miles along the Malabar Coast on the Western side of the Indian Peninsula.

The cyclists wove their way through the Western Ghats and passed through incredible sights such as pine and bamboo forests, tea plantations and coconut farms and spent their nights sleeping under the stars.

"We had a great time, it was a very tough ride but the scenery and team were brilliant. We saw some amazing views and wild elephants and met some fantastic people so the hard work was worth it" - Maureen Browne, one of the cyclists and UCLH Divisional Manager, Medical Specialities.

Lungs for Living is a ground breaking project that is being run by some of the world's most respected and experienced researchers and clinicians to develop an integrated lung cancer research facility at UCLH.  Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death worldwide in both men and women, causing more deaths than the next four most common cancers combined (breast, colorectal, prostate and pancreatic).











UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation and the Lungs for Living team are very grateful to everyone who took part in the bike ride and for the incredible amount of money that they raised.