Staff cycling to help Leeds Children’s Hospital patients
29 July 2019
Young patients at Leeds Children’s Hospital are set to benefit from the combined pedal power of a group of medical staff tackling an international cycling event.
Clinical staff and managers at Leeds Children’s Hospital have signed up to ride the UCI World Cycling Championships sportive on 22 September to raise funds for Leeds Cares, the charity that supports their hospital and its patients.
Undaunted by the challenge, the cyclists are prepared to put themselves through the pain barrier for a good cause.
Dr Mike Richards, Clinical Director of Leeds Children’s Hospital, said that by doing the race they wanted to fly the flag for the hospital and the charity. “Leeds Cares is hugely important to the Children’s Hospital,” he said. “It has helped fund large capital projects such as the cutting-edge MRI and cardiac catheter facility and smaller items such as play therapy equipment all of which are important in improving patient care.”
Dr Chris Edwards, a consultant in children’s respiratory care, was able to call on the hospital’s expert facilities when his own son was born early.
“Knowing that funds raised from this event will directly benefit patients really encouraged me to do it,” he said. “My department greatly appreciates support from Leeds Cares, whether it is toys for the children, equipment for the ward or staff training.”
Consultant paediatrician, Ragbir Thethy said the charity helps with some things that might not be essential but are important for the welfare of their young patients.
“A lot of the things that aren’t medicine can still be crucial in aiding recovery, so I wanted to help provide these sometimes small items that can make a major impact on the health and well-being of our young patients.”
Paediatric surgeon, Ed Hannon, is looking forward to the cycling challenge with his colleagues and says he wants to try and make sure they have the best care and facilities for the children of Leeds and surrounding areas.
“Leeds Cares is a charity that can help us achieve this and can make a difference to the children I treat in my day to day working life which is why I wanted to take part in this cycling challenge.”