Bitten by
a Tick?

Tour de Lyme!

On your bike, roller skates ….. any self-propelled wheels…. you and your family can participate in MyRideLondon. Join the thousands of people who will be riding for charity on 15/16th August.

In the FreeCycle you can choose how far you want to ride, where you want to ride and which charity you want to do it for. Naturally we hope you will link up with us and help us fulfil the plans we have! So what’s it to be?

  • up and down the lane 10 times?
  • round the block 4 times?
  • to the Town Hall and back?
  • before lunch and again before tea?

There is no charge for registering and entering, so no pressure to raise ÂŁÂŁÂŁs. Simply ask a few friends to make a small donation via your fundraising page, which we can help set up.

If you are really ambitious, and a serious cyclist, what better than to try a longer ride? In addition to the FreeCycle, there are 3 others you can register for – 19 miles, 46 miles or 100 miles. The last is the equivalent of the RideLondon Surrey 100.

Read a bit more and how to register, but what’s to lose – why not join the fun and the challenge?!

Covid-19 v Lyme disease

You’ve been working from home and if you are lucky enough to have a garden, or neighbouring park or countryside, perhaps spending a lunch break sitting on the grass. You don’t feel at all well. You think of Covid-19, and check the NHS website. Not conclusive. What else might it be?

Self isolate as recommended, but if it doesn’t go away, review your symptoms and also consider whether a tiny tick from the garden could have attached to you and given you Lyme disease. Found a tick? Remove it correctly as soon as you can to minimise disease passing to you.

Quick check of main early symptoms where “Yes” means fairly common but not in everyone:

Check yourself for roughly circular red rash – especially on parts of your body you can’t easily see. Take a photo for your GP if you see one.

Lyme disease is a tiny risk compared with Covid-19 – only on average about 10% of UK ticks carry it, and it gives rise to perhaps 10,000 cases per year in the UK, though precise numbers are not known. Unlike Covid-19, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection and when recognised early it is easily treated with antibiotics.

Awareness of ticks is the key and will help you avoid this illness and not add to the NHS burden.

If your GP needs some pointers, suggest the RCGP Toolkit.

What we do

We are a charity dealing with Lyme disease throughout the UK. We provide accredited information that you can trust; for the public, patients and health professionals.

Find out the facts here on

We raise awareness, provide free leaflets and lobby for improved services. See what we have been doing recently. We hold an annual conference. See the LDA conferences page for details of our conferences.