Vet and MD of Improve International raises more than £1,000 for Children’s Hospice


David Babington MRCVS and Managing Director of Improve International , one of the UK’s fastest-growing  veterinary  training companies, has raised more than £1,000 for a children’s hospice after completing an epic 147 mile coast to coast cycling challenge.  He set out on Friday 20 June from Whitehaven on the Lancashire coast, arriving in Tynemouth on the East Coast at 1530 hours on Sunday 22 June.

David was raising funds for the Naomi House Children’s Hospice in Hampshire.  Naomi House and its sister hospice, Jacksplace, provide care to young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in communities across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire. 

Last year, David raised more than £1,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People by completing a 135 mile paddle in a Canoe from Cricklade-on-Thames, the highest navigable point on the river, to Teddington, Middlesex. 

Commenting on this year‘s charity challenge, David said:  “I joined a group of 20 other riders of all ages and abilities to cycle the epic Coast to Coast path.  It’s a great ride through the Western Lakes and then up and over the Pennines, finally crossing the Millennium Gateshead Bridge and finishing by the North Sea at Tynemouth.   You dip your rear tyre in the Irish Sea and three days later you dip your front tyre in the North Sea.   The second day was the toughest with some huge hills to climb but the thought of a hot shower and  a few beers at the end of the day kept us going. 

“Naomi  House is a great children’s charity that does an excellent job offering respite care, emergency support, a hospice at home service and family support.  Now I just need to decide what to do next year!”

Michelle Wheeler, Fundraising Manager,  Naomi House, said:  “This was a huge challenge and we are extremely grateful to David for choosing to support the life-limited and life-threatened children and young people that rely on Naomi House and Jacksplace.”

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