The managing director of veterinary training company Improve International has raised more than £1,000 for a children’s hospice after completing a 147-mile coast to coast cycling challenge.

Vet David Babington set out on Friday June 20 from Whitehaven on the Lancashire coast, arriving in Tynemouth on the east coast at 3:30pm on Sunday June 22.

Mr Babington was raising funds for 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, Mr Babington 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, Mr Babington 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.

Naomi House fund-raising manager Michelle Wheeler 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 who rely on Naomi House and Jacksplace.”

Mr Babington’s just giving page is still open at

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