10 June 2015
Consultants and staff at Spire Leeds Hospital applied their pedal power in a fantastic cycle challenge to raise funds for charity on Sunday 7 June.
It’s one of a series of six summer cycle rides across the UK during June where staff join Rob Roger, CEO of Spire Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest healthcare providers, to raise funds for this year’s chosen charity, Harrison’s Fund for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The Spire Leeds Hospital cycle ride is the second in the series of 2015 events covering a total of more than 720km – the distance between nine Spire Hospitals, over a three-week period. Spire Leeds Hospital team’s goal is to raise £1,000.
The 107km route follows in the tracks of some of the cycling heroes as it tackles part of last year’s Le Tour stage. Starting out at 9am from Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay, cyclists headed out to Otley, then on to Bolton Abbey and over to Pateley Bridge before looping back to finish at the Hospital, taking an average of six hours. Ten-year-old Bjorn Koerdt was the first to arrive back at the finish point having completed the route with his father.
This is the second year the big boss has got on his bike for charity, having last year cycled over 620km visiting locations from Southend to Edinburgh. The 2015 route will take him from Manchester to London, stopping at Blackpool, Leeds, Bristol, Southampton, Portsmouth, Cheam, Norwich and Cambridge on the way.
This year Rob has chosen Harrison’s Fund – the charity is named after the eight year old from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition that affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness. 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 Duchenne.
"We are really pushing ourselves for this challenge”, says Rob. “We at Spire are an outgoing proactive bunch of people and we are pleased to be able to do something as simple as riding our bikes to contribute to this wonderful charity.”
All of the money raised by Spire will be given back to the charity, which will use it to fund important research into this life-limiting disease.
For more information about the Leeds route visit: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6115066
For anyone who would like to donate via the JustGiving page please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/spireleedsbikeride