London architects go the extra mile for the Alder Hey Children’s Charity

This week more than 30 staff and friends from architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, will be taking part in the Alder Centre Cycle Classic, a 360km charity ride from London to Liverpool over two days for Alder Hey Children’s Charity. 

The group of cyclists will leave from AHMM’s London office on the morning of Thursday 5 July and be welcomed at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool the following afternoon. 

This challenging ride will raise funds for Alder Hey’s new Alder Centre building which provides a comprehensive range of bereavement support services, tailored to the needs of those that have suffered the tragic loss of a child. The centre provides an emergency bereavement care service to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, for families in the immediate event of the death of a child, and also helps to run the National Child Death Helpline (NCDH).

To enhance the building, the team wants to go the extra mile to ensure that the interiors and surrounding natural environment are also the best quality they can be. While funds for the building itself are in place, funding for these additional elements will have to be raised to create a calm and tranquil place surrounded by a beautiful garden space. 

Shelagh Hatton, Manager of the Alder Centre said “We wanted to say a big thank you to AHMM and all their friends for doing the challenge to help us raise money for the Alder Centre interiors. It will help us ensure we support the families who we come along side in the most difficult of circumstances.”

AHMM director Paul Monaghan will be joining the ride to his home city of Liverpool. Paul said ‘This project, and this part of the city, are very close to my heart – I grew up just around the corner and it is wonderful to return to Liverpool and contribute to this very special project.’

The new Alder Centre building was commissioned through an international competition organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2016 and is designed by AHMM together with landscape architect BBUK, structural engineer Elliott Wood, M&E engineer David Stillman Associates and cost consultant PT Projects.

The Challenge starts at 6.30 am from London on Thursday 5th July and is due to arrive at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool after 3.30 pm on Friday 6th July where the riders will be welcomed by the Alder Centre and Alder Hey Children’s Charity teams.

For more information visit www.alderhey.nhs.uk and www.alderheycharity.org

Image: The AHMM team have been training hard for this epic cycle challenge but made time for a well-earned chippy tea during a training cycle to Brighton!

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