On Your Bike for Charity

Staff from the MDHU Peterborough took part in a 24-hour cycle in a bid to raise funds to build a new war memorial in Peterborough.

The mammoth task was completed on exercise bikes in the hospital’s main atrium and the overall target was to cover 880 miles – the distance between the six ‘military’ hospitals within the United Kingdom. But the ‘cyclists’ exceeded this figure much to the delight of participants and spectators who came to watch.

The ride was to raise money for the Peterborough branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) and the campaign for a prominent new war memorial in the city. The RBL, alongside Peterborough City Council and the Peterborough Veterans’ Association are attempting to raise £45,000 for the memorial which will stand on Bridge Street, close to Peterborough Town Hall. MDHU (P) has decided to make the RBL – and the push for the memorial – its dedicated charity for the next two years.

Legion chairman George Ware, who watched the start and finish of the ride, said: “It’s brilliant. The target for the memorial to be built is Remembrance Sunday 2012 and we are confident we will reach that target.”

Peterborough and Stamford Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Nik Patten, and Commanding Officer for the MDHU, Wing Commander Kevin Mackie, started the ride.  They then handed over to six teams of six, who cycled in four-hour shifts on two bikes ensuring that cycling was continuous for the 24-hour period.

Wg Cdr Mackie said: “It was good fun to start off the ride and it was nice working with Nik. We thought it would be a great opportunity to show the MDHU is here and to support the community, while also keeping our guys’ skills up-to-date.”

The event was a success and with a combination of sponsor money and generous donations from the public the total amount raised was about £2000 – a significant amount towards the £45,000 target.

Organisers of the event, Cpl Kat Jones and Cpl Hayley Rogers, were extremely pleased with the efforts of all involved and were delighted with the amount of money raised.

By Cpl Hayley Rogers


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