Staff cycle length of UK for charity

Toby Langley and Sam Gilbert, with friends Adam Bohle, Matt Langley and Ben Williams, joined by Lisa's daughter Sophie.

In just 15 days, South West Essex Paramedics Toby Langley & Sam Gilbert, together with three of their pals, travelled the length of the UK on bicycles and raised an astonishing £3300 for The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Toby says he enjoyed every minute of the ride and was moved by the generosity shown by his friends and colleagues. In fact, he’s already looking forward to his next trip to Scotland! Sam relished the opportunity to rediscover the UK and appreciate the beauty that is on our doorstep. He is also looking forward to his next adventure. Both Toby & Sam were delighted to raise awareness of the charity’s work, while they were preparing for and completing their ride.

These guys, unhesitatingly, chose to take on this challenge in aid of The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, when I made the suggestion during casual crew room chat. My seven year old daughter, Sophie, was born with the liver disease; Biliary Atresia and it is a charity very close to my heart.

The support they have received from our EEAST colleagues has been phenomenal, with much of the money raised coming from them. This experience has highlighted once again what amazing people work for EEAST and the wonderful camaraderie we share. I have been part of the South West Essex team for 14 years and this is not the first time (and I doubt it will be the last) I have been reminded of the incredible support network I am fortunate enough to be part of.

On behalf of Sophie, my family and all the other children and families affected by childhood liver disease, I want to thank Sam, Toby and their friends from the bottom of my heart for all of their efforts.

Donations are still being very gratefully received.

Best wishes,


Lisa Barwell

Published 26th June 2019

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