A charity Stationary Bike Ride will be taking place in the foyer of Calne Tesco Superstore on Saturday, 22nd June.

The event has been organised to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital in appreciation for all they did for a local girl, Amelia Bolter, who spent fourteen months under their care whilst waiting for a heart transplant.

Amelia was only 1 in June 2022 when her mum, Jodie, took her to the doctors with a suspected ear infection. At the appointment, the doctor noticed Amelia had an 'extremely high heart rate' and she was rushed to Royal United Hospital in Bath with suspected bronchitis. From there, she was transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy.

Over the next four months, Amelia's condition slowly deteriorated and eventually the family were told she needed to go to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), 100 miles away from their home in Chippenham, to be placed on a Berlin heart to help her heart cope whilst she waited for a transplant. 

Amelia spent 14 months waiting for her transplant, which her family call her 'gift of life', and is now on the road to recovery.  Her family feel a debt of gratitude to GOSH and all they have done for them.

On Saturday, Amelia's cousin Lewis Brewer, who works in Tesco Superstore in Calne, will join Amelia's dad Rich Bolter, Jodie and others for a three-hour charity ride using one of Calne Leisure Centre's stationary fitness bikes. Customers and family are welcome to take part in the event too. 

Remember to take your loose change if you are visiting Tesco on Saturday to make this a great fundraiser.


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