A group of staff from Nottingham’s hospitals are taking on Nottinghamshire’s biggest cycling challenge this month, to raise money for young patients.
The Radiology Rollers – a team of cyclists made up of Radiology staff from the City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre – are taking part in Cycle Live (formerly the Great Notts Bike Ride), which takes place on Sunday 24 June.
The team is raising money for the Big Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital, which is run by Nottingham Hospitals Charity – the official three-year charity partner for Cycle Live.
Nicola Kennedy, Diagnostic Pathway Manager for NUH Radiology, said: “The Radiology Rollers took part in Cyclone24 – a 24-hour velodrome cycling challenge – in February and raised £2,500, so we’re hoping to raise money again through Cycle Live.
“We’re all of different abilities so we’re cycling various different lengths, but it’s great to be able to take on a challenge like this as a team. We’re all really looking forward to it and we’d encourage others to join us in signing up. It’s a great team building activity and it’s fantastic to know you’re supporting such a good cause at the same time.”
The money raised by the Radiology Rollers will go towards paediatric imaging equipment at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, which is based at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
Cycle Live is organised by Nottingham-based Perfect Motion. Owner and director, Chris Simon commented:
“We are delighted to have the Nottingham Hospitals Charity on board for Cycle Live this year. Alongside a new charity partner, we’ve made some changes to the routes for 2018. The longer routes are a little more challenging, whilst the 25 and 50 mile options take in a bigger southern loop of the county which is a little flatter. Entries are ahead of this time last year, which is great and we’re now expecting over 4,000 to take part.”
Participants can choose between a 25, 50, 75, 100 or 125 mile route, and Nottingham Hospitals Charity has a limited number of FREE places available to participants who commit to raise £150 or more in sponsorship.
Riders who raise £100 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a Specialized Diverge E5 Sport road bike (RRP £999.99), generously donated by Rutland Cycling and Specialized Nottingham.
Nigel Gregory, Director of Development at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re delighted that the Radiology Rollers are supporting the Big Appeal for the second time this year. The Radiology team have shown so much enthusiasm both for cycling and for fundraising, which is fantastic to see.
“We hope other people from across Nottinghamshire will be inspired to join us on the day, in support of our young patients. There’s a cycling distance to suit all abilities, so people don’t need to worry if they are out of practice or can’t manage a long way. There will be plenty of spectators and Charity volunteers there on the day to cheer you along and keep you going!”
For more information or to register, please go to www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk/events or call Nottingham Hospitals Charity on 0115 962 7905.