‘Freewheelers’ to take on 100-mile challenge to raise funds for Oncology research

Release Date: 27/06/2017

‘Freewheelers’ to take on 100-mile challenge to raise funds for Oncology research

A team of staff from The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) are preparing to take part in a gruelling 100 mile bike ride to raise funds towards oncology research at the hospital.

Six members of the Sarcoma Tumour Team ­– known collectively as the Oswestry Sarcoma Freewheelers ­– will join thousands of other cyclists across the country to take part in Ride London 2017 on 30 July.

The ride will start in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before riders follow a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s countryside.

With climbs that will test the most able of riders, it is a spectacular event for all involved, made all the more special by the fact that the Freewheelers will be raising funds for the Orthopaedic Institute Oncology Fund ­, who support research into Sarcomas.

Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.

The team are aiming to raise £2,000.

Caroline Pemberton, Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Sarcoma Tumour Team, said her and her colleagues are “excited” to take on the challenge.

She said: “It’s just over a month away and it will be a tough route but we’re feeling prepared, we’ve already done some long bike rides, including about 80 miles.

“This will be the first year we’ve taken part in the Ride London 2017, so we’re looking forward to it and it feels great to know that we’ll be raising money for the Orthopaedic Institute Oncology Fund.”

Also joining Caroline is Ellen Harrison, Patient Pathway Coordinator; Gill Cribb, Orthopaedic Oncological Consultant; Geraint Davies, Specialist Physiotherapist; Naomi Winn, Radiologist; and Caroline’s brother Richard Woods, Aircraft Avionics Technician.

Debra Alexander, a fundraiser for the Orthopaedic Institute, said: “I think what the team are doing is absolutely amazing, the money they raise will go towards oncology research here at RJAH.

“I’m extremely proud of them and wish them all the best for next month.”

The team also have a host of fundraisers planned in the coming weeks to raise money for the Orthopaedic Institute Oncology Fund, including a quiz, raffle, as well as taking part in a 100-mile static bike ride between them in the hospital foyer on 11 July.

Caroline added: “We hope as many of our colleagues as possible come along to support and encourage us, as well as buy a raffle ticket.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to the Orthopaedic Institute for all their support and I would encourage anyone who can to sponsor us to do so.”

To sponsor the team, you can do so at: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/orthopaedicinstituteoswestrysarcomafreewheelers

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