Hedge End Medical Centre End to End cycle ride
Doctors have cycled from Lands End to Hedge End for Southampton Hospital Charity to raise money for a new portable CT scanner.
Richard Percival ‘Percy’ was a GP who died from a stroke in 2013, aged 47. His final days were spent in the Wessex Neurological Intensive Treatment Unit at Southampton General Hospital.
Some of his former work colleagues wanted to do something to support Percy’s Pals fund, which has been set up in Richard's name, and also do something to remember him. They came up with the idea of cycling ‘End to End’ (Land's End to Hedge End) to raise funds for this cause.
The ride climbs over 20,000 feet over the course of the three days - this is the equivalent of climbing two thirds of the way up Everest!
Dr John Bush, Dr Mark Hollands, Dr Karl Graham and Dr Sam Heal cycled all three days. Dr Ruth Padday, Dr Liz Cropley and Dr Leigh-Anne Bascombe rode part of the ride, while the rest of the staff manned the practice whilst they were away. The GPs were joined for their last 30 miles by some of the Percy’s Pals cyclists due to set off from Lands End to John O’Groats on Tuesday 17 June.
On the Saturday evening there was be an event to raise extra funds in memory of Percy, so thank you to everyone who came along to the Hedge End Medical Centre after 3.00pm.
To find out more about Percy's Pals, please visit http://percyspals.com/
How to donate:
- Send a cheque (payable to Percy’s Pals) to Percy’s Pals, The Old Forge, High Street, Twyford, Hampshire, SO21 1RF
- Text PERC14 £10 to 70070 (you can change the amount to what you want).
Why Dr Ruth Padday was riding…
Tash is my daughter and is severely disabled. She is quadriplegic, non verbal and has epilepsy. As such her enjoyment of life is participating in activities in a passive way. She loves the outdoors and we have had a lot of fun on her duet bicycle.
Tash has had input most of her life from Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton. Together we identified that a baclofen pump might relieve her of her spasticity and her spasms which made her life and her cycling intolerable. The pump works by delivering the drug into the spinal column where it is needed. As is the case with less mainstream operations the wrangling for funding resulted in the unfortunate coincidence that she had her operation to fit the pump on the day that Richard collapsed. Tash’s life has completely changed. Before it she would arch her head back and scream and her bowel would become bloated with symptoms much like severe colic. She has thrived since its insertion and her quality of life has improved dramatically.
We are cycling to raise money in memory of Richard and to help the Wessex Neurological Centre buy a portable CT scanner. It is only thanks to the success of Tash’s baclofen pump that we are able to participate in this fundraising event.
Tash and I cycled from Lands End to Penzance, and then from Romsey back to Hedge End.