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Paramedics ride out for cancer care research
PARAMEDICS are cycling from John o’Groats to Land’s End to help improve cancer care and facilities in Dorset.
Nigel Cowan, Paul Ryan, Joanne Hedges, Laura Hopkins and Natasha Gibson set off from the starting point at the top of Scotland yesterday and are due to finish in Cornwall on Sunday, September 22.
Natasha, who is accompanying the team in a support vehicle, said: “Between us we have had family members that became poorly before the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust was in place and since then cancer has affected loved ones after the charity was founded and it is great to see patients and family members being able to be supported in their community.”
The journey will see the team, of three cyclists and two support drivers, travel 874 miles.
Organiser Paul Ryan, who recently retired, was inspired to take on the cycling challenge for the second time to raise funds for the trust following his wife’s successful treatment for cancer.
Mr Ryan, a trustee of the charity, said the long-term aim remains to support the development of dedicated inpatient chemotherapy beds.
Weymouth Swimming Pool is sponsoring the group and offered free gym membership and pool use to prepare for the challenge.
The Fortuneswell Cancer Trust works with Dorset County Hospital to improve and develop cancer care and facilities.
Due to fundraising efforts and donations, the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust has been able to help finance the new chemotherapy unit, assist in financing the new dedicated Fortuneswell Ward which is solely for cancer inpatients and has contributed to the new digital mammography scanner.
On Saturday, November 16 there will be a charity ball held at Weymouth’s Hotel Rembrandt. This will involve a silent charitable auction, a buffet and music from the Amy Mayes Band.
Tickets are on sale for £25 and available via Paul Ryan on 07833 030213 or Nigel Cowan 01305 783635. For details visit twomenandalittlelady.co.uk
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