December 8 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Legs were aching for a good cause this evening after hundreds of people took part in a Sunday cycle to help raise thousands of pounds for a hospital appeal.
Almost 900 cyclists pedalled 77 miles to boost the coffers of the Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal (TRA) to improve cancer treatment services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Organisers praised the dedication of the 876 cyclists who battled against a strong head wind for the annual Cambridge to Norwich bike ride.
Twelve dedicated members of staff, including the hospital’s chief executive Anna Dugdale, also doubled the distance by cycling from Norwich to Cambridge in the early hours of yesterday morning in time for the main event starting at Coldham’s Common, Cambridge.
The hospital is almost a third of the way to hitting its £600,000 target to provide more brachytherapy treatments – a type of radiotherapy to treat some prostate, lung, colon and oesophageal cancers. Officials are hoping to hit the target by 2015 to enable more cancer patients in Norfolk and north Suffolk to be treated locally.
Louise Cook, fundraising manager for the NNUH, said the cyclists had found it hard this year with the strong winds.
“It is one of the biggest events for the hospital appeal and it is a good way of telling people about what we are doing. This is the third Cambridge to Norwich bike ride for the hospital and it is becoming more established and we are really lucky that intu Chapelfield have sponsored the medals and Cycle UK have given a £5 gift voucher for each cyclist,” she said.
The finishing line at Earlham Park included a barbecue and hospital finance director Julie Cave and colleague Gill Shayes were selling a host of cakes to boost funds for the TRA appeal.
Hospital consultant Jeremy Turner, who was one of the 12 to cycle from Norwich to Cambridge and back again, said: “I love cycling and this is a very important cause and I hope cycling 150 miles in a day will hopefully motivate people to dig deeper in their pockets.”
Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman also took part before the start of the Conservative party conference in Manchester and completed it in seven hours. The MP is raising funds for local charities Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, The Big C, and the Norfolk Bone and Joint Appeal.
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