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Can you get in the saddle for Southend Hospital’s Keyhole Cancer Appeal?

21 April 2015


Consultants and operating theatre staff at Southend Hospital are swapping scrubs for cycling gear as they prepare to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise much needed funds for the hospital’s new laparoscopic theatre suite.

This latest challenge is all part of the hospital's Keyhole Cancer Appeal and with three spaces still to be filled, you too can join them for the event which takes place on Sunday 2 August.

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey's stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world's best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it's a truly spectacular event for all involved.

Elise Fleetwood, fundraising manager at Southend University Hospital, said: "We are so pleased to have been able to secure some places for this prestigious and popular event and we wish the current team the best of luck. As you will know, despite the challenging route, this is an incredible event and will give our charity a really great opportunity to promote our important cause. We would desperately like to fill our remaining three places, so if you are a keen cyclist or know someone who is, please do call us and get involved!"

In the past year, Mr Mike Dworkin, lead consultant for the appeal and resident daredevil, has already abseiled down the hospital tower block, cycled a gruelling stint in the Around the World in 80 Days Static Cycle Challenge and completed a 23 mile cycle around Foulness to raise funds for the appeal.

Mike said: "We are doing this for a fantastic cause and it's a great opportunity to ride through the centre of London with all the roads closed. It's a superb event and it's for all these reasons people should take part - we have three spaces on the team and we need to fill them."

Event and registration details

We currently have three remaining places so please contact the Fundraising team on 01702 385337 or email fundraising@southend.nhs.uk ASAP if you have any interest in getting involved. Cut off date for registration is Monday 5 May.

There is a £50 non-refundable registration fee and a minimum sponsorship requirement of £500.

For more information on the event visit the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 website

PHOTO (l-r):

  • Mica Day, community fundraiserSouthend University Hospital
  • Esther Fine, consultant Southend Hospital
  • Mr Mike Dworkin, lead consultant Southend University Hospital
  • Mr James Wright, consultant Southend University Hospital
  • Adam Jones, local supporter
  • Elise Fleetwood, Fundraising manager Southend University Hospital