Paediatric physios pedal to help fibrosis patients
The paediatric physiotherapy team took on a seven hour cyclothon challenge in Worthing last Wednesday to raise funds for young patients with cystic fibrosis, through the trust’s dedicated charity Love Your Hospital.
The challenge was to pedal the equivalent distance to travelling from Worthing to St Richard’s and then up to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, where cystic fibrosis patients are often referred – a total of 140km.
The physios are raising money to buy two exercise bikes for their younger patients to use.
Physiotherapist, Dan Geere explained: “In an ideal world, our cystic fibrosis patients would be able to use the bikes provided in the hospital rehabilitation gym. However due to their condition, which compromises their immune system, they spend a lot of time in their ward room.
“By purchasing these two transportable bikes, we’ll be able to take these to where our patients are, enabling them to take on physical activity which is a vital part of their treatment.”
A big thank you to our fellow colleagues, some from other departments, who came and did a stint in the saddle to help us reach the finish line.
Exercise is particularly important for people with cystic fibrosis, helping to slow down the decline in lung health, strengthen the heart and generally improving overall health.
Head of children’s physiotherapy, Debbie Wilson said: “We had such a brilliant response from patients, visitors and staff throughout our bike ride. Many people stopped to find out about the challenge and make a donation.
“A big thank you to our fellow colleagues, some from other departments, who came and did a stint in the saddle to help us reach the finish line.”
On the day the team raised £270 towards their £2,000 target.
To support the team’s fundraising efforts. please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paediatricphysiotherapy