One man and his doc
19 June 2013
80-year-old Bert Goodbourn is undertaking a Great Train Journey around Great Britain in aid of Southend University Hospital’s Eye Unit.
Wheelchair-bound Bert, who lives in Leigh, will leave
Leigh-on-Sea train station at 7.20am on Friday morning, June
21st, and embark on a train journey that will take him
up to John O'Groats in Scotland, down the west of England to Lands
End in Cornwall, then back along the south coast to Leigh - a total
of over 1,400 miles.
If the journey is possible without any delays, Bert is due back
at Leigh station on the evening of Sunday, June
Having suffered several heart attacks and strokes, being
diagnosed with cancer of the spine and receiving treatment for deep
vein thrombosis and diabetes amongst other medical problems
-all since 2001 - Bert has needed to utilise several
different NHS services through Southend University Hospital.
In order to say 'thank you' for the excellent care he has
received, Bert has undertaken several fundraising activities to
raise money for the various departments of the hospital which have
helped him and he has raised tens of thousands of pounds in total
But Bert is not finished yet, and having recently received
treatment for problems with his eye at the hospital's Eye Unit, he
noted that the patient's waiting room was desperately in need of a
makeover - so he set to work planning his latest adventure to raise
Bert's previous fundraising activities have included jumping out
of aeroplanes but, as he is now wheelchair-bound and finds it
difficult to get the necessary insurance, white-knuckle activities
are no longer an option for Bert - much to his
He therefore wanted to think of something different but possible
in his physical condition and, having always enjoyed travelling
around the UK, a plan began to form in his mind of a round-the-UK
Earlier this year, Bert had an appointment at the heart clinic
at Southend University Hospital where he told his cardiologist
about his plans. Dr Tom Keeble was unhappy at the idea
of Bert travelling alone - however, instead of telling Bert not to
go, the doctor has taken the time off work to accompany Bert on his
adventure to help him on and off trains. He is also bringing
along his 7-year-old son Rory to keep the pair out of trouble!
A friend of Dr Keeble's, Ray Goldman of RDG Engineering, had
sponsored the train tickets. The doctor is trying to arrange
overnight stays in Lands End and John O'Groats through churches in
the local areas and is also trying to get the car hire sponsored,
which will ensure the pair get from the nearest train stations
right to the famous landmarks.
Therefore every penny of sponsorship money Bert receives will go
directly to the Eye Unit.
You can sponsor Bert via the following link: www.justgiving.com/madbertstrainjourney