Cyclists invited to join Team RJAH at RideLondon for Veterans Appeal

Release Date: 08/03/2019

Cyclists invited to join Team RJAH at RideLondon for Veterans Appeal

Riders who have missed out on a place in the Prudential RideLondon ballot could still have the opportunity to participate – with places still available on Team RJAH.

A number of slots have already been filled for the 2019 event but The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital still has more spaces available and is inviting cyclists who would be interested in representing the hospital to get in touch.

Prudential RideLondon allows cyclists to participate in a 100-mile challenge on traffic-free roads across the city of London. 

Individuals who take part on behalf of the Oswestry-based hospital will be fundraising for the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre Appeal.

The appeal launched back in October 2018 with the goal to raise £1.5 million to help fund a new Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre which will allow veterans to be treated in a dedicated environment designed for their care needs.

The Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service is an NHS initiative led by Lieutenant Colonel Carl Meyer, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at RJAH and Consultant Military Orthopaedic Surgeon.

This service is the first of its kind in the country and is open to those who have served in the UK military.

Helen Knight, Fundraising Manager, said: “Prudential RideLondon is the largest annual cycling fundraising event in the world and it’s great to be able to enter a team on behalf of RJAH and our Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre Appeal.

“The proposed new Veterans Centre will make such a difference to the experience these patients have whilst visiting RJAH – it will have a familiar military feel to ensure patients are comfortable.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to the Orthopaedic Institute who purchased the places in support of the Veterans Appeal.

“If you have a keen interesting in cycling and can commit to the training, please get in touch.”

The 2019 Prudential RideLondon event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August.

Riders offered a place on Team RJAH must commit to raising a minimum of £500 for the Appeal and will receive a cycling jersey and support with their fundraising.

Photo caption: Fundraisers for RideLondon with Lieutenant Colonel Carl Meyer (middle right) and Mr Christos Oikonomou, Speciality Doctor in Veterans Arthroplasty (far right). 

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