Spire Hospital workers cycle 76 miles for charity

The second annual Spire Hospital charity cycle challenge participants prepare to leave from Spire No

The second annual Spire Hospital charity cycle challenge participants prepare to leave from Spire Norwich Hospital for the next leg of the ride.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Charity-minded medical workers took to two wheels to raise money for a good cause.

Staff at Spire Hospital in Norwich, took on a 76-mile cycle challenge from Norwich to Cambridge in aid of Harrison's Fund for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Saturday's ride was the penultimate leg in the Spire Hospital charity cycle challenge of 447 miles – the total distance between the nine Spire Hospitals.

The Harrison's Fund charity was chosen by Spire Healthcare chief executive officer Rob Roger for its second annual cycle challenge, after Spire had raised money for MacMillan Care Support and the Walking with the Wounded charities in a similar event last year.

The charity is named after nine-year-old Harrison Smith from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition that affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness.

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The charity's goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world's best researchers, who are working to find a cure for the condition.

Harrison's dad, Alex Smith, 39, said: 'At the moment Harrison is doing OK. He is nine years old and people with this condition seem to plateau around his age. We want to raise money to help with the research and make sure that future generations stand more of a chance than children like Harrison do now.'

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Spire Norwich Hospital director Dan Cyprus added: 'We support various local charities throughout the year, yet Harrison's story was something we couldn't ignore.

'This is a charity that is looking to keep young children alive, and it is an event all the hospital staff and consultants are behind.'

The route took the cyclists through Wymondham, Thetford Forest and Ely.

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