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Friends’ cycle challenge for hospital unit

Monday, 22 December, 2014
Friends’ cycle challenge for hospital unit

A group of friends from the Ashington area have got on their bikes to raise more than £2,000 for babies at Wansbeck General Hospital who need a little extra care.

Graeme Davison and six friends cycled the 140-mile Coast to Coast route in two days, instead of the usual three, for the hospital’s special care baby unit. Graeme, from Ashington, said: “We do a fair bit of cycling to mainly keep fit and it is something we really enjoy. As we have become fitter we have been setting ourselves challenges and one that was on our ‘bucket list’ was the Coast to Coast cycle ride. However, we decided to make it more challenging by completing it in two days and also to do it for charity.”

They chose the special care baby unit as Graeme works for BOC Homecare, which supplies medical oxygen to people at home, often including premature babies. “This charity was the perfect choice,” Graeme said. BOC Homecare also got involved in the challenge by supplying transport and match funding the amount, bringing the final total for the unit to £2,440.

Joan Oliver, ward manager of the special care baby unit, said: “We would like to congratulate Graeme and his friends for completing their challenge and thank them for their generous donation to our unit. All donations received go towards improving the experiences of the babies in our care and their families.”

The donation was through Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright Charity which works hard to provide the extras which ensure patients of all ages have the best experience possible during their stay in hospital.