Sarcoma Team peddle up funds for Oncology research by taking part in 100-mile bike challenge

Release Date: 11/10/2017

Sarcoma Team peddle up funds for Oncology research by taking part in 100-mile bike challenge

A team of staff from The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) who took part in a challenging 100 mile bike ride this summer have raised more than £6,500, which will go towards oncology research at the hospital.

The five members of the Sarcoma Tumour Team ­– known collectively as the Oswestry Sarcoma Freewheelers ­ joined thousands of other cyclists across the country when they took part in Ride London 2017 in July.

The team had initially aimed to raise £2,000 but have more than tripled that sum, after raising a staggering £6,513.54 in total.

The money the team have raised will go to 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.

Caroline Pemberton, Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Sarcoma Tumour Team, said she and the team are “proud and overjoyed” to have smashed their fundraising target.

She said: “Ride London was a fantastic experience, it was challenging but the atmosphere on the day made it something really special.

“It also felt great to know we were raising funds for such an important cause to us all.”

As well as Caroline, the team were made up of Ellen Harrison, Patient Pathway Coordinator; Gill Cribb, Orthopaedic Oncological Consultant; Geraint Davies, Macmillan Specialist Physiotherapist; Naomi Winn, Radiologist; and Caroline’s brother Richard Woods, Aircraft Avionics Technician.

The team also organised a number of fundraisers in the lead-up to the ride, including a quiz, a raffle, and taking part in a 100-mile static bike ride between them in the hospital foyer earlier this year.

Debra Alexander, Fundraiser for the Orthopaedic Institute, said: “The team have raised a remarkable sum of money, and for that we’re extremely grateful. That money will go towards oncology research at RJAH, and will eventually make a huge difference to a number of patients’ lives.

“I’m so grateful for their efforts, not only did they raise money by taking on this gruelling challenge but also by organising a host of fundraising events ahead of the challenge, which also required a great deal of hard work.”

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