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Cyclothon 2 – the return leg

Monday September 24, 2018

Paediatric physios got cycling again last Friday to continue their fundraising to buy exercise bikes for young patients with cystic fibrosis.

Following on from last month’s cyclothon at Worthing, staff took turns on static bikes to complete the 140km ride – the equivalent distance to travelling from Worthing to St Richard’s and up to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London where patients with cystic fibrosis are often treated.

Physiotherapist Dan Greere said: “Getting physical is an important part of treatment for people with cystic fibrosis. Lung function is negatively affected and exercise helps to slow this decline. Our new exercise bikes will be instrumental in enabling this and helping patients to live a more normal life.

“Once again, we were overwhelmed by the support we received from everyone who took the time out of their busy day to join us and do a stint in the saddle.

“Patients and visitors to the St Richard’s also rallied us on by popping a few coins in our collection bucket to help us reach our target.”

The team, who raised more than £270 when they staged their first cyclethon August, set up a cycle camp outside the main entrance at St Richard’s, where they took turns to reach their 140km goal.

Amanda Tucker, Head of Love Your Hospital, said: “The wonderful response to the team’s first cyclethon challenge really spurred them on to do this second effort.

“Thank you to everyone who has got behind this to take part or make a donation. Your support will really make a world of difference to the lives of our cystic fibrosis patients. A special thank you to the paediatrics physiotherapy team for working so hard to put their patients first.”

Check out the social media posts below from the day itself.



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