A South Tees fundraising team has undertaken the gruelling 315 mile London to Paris cycle challenge to raise over £2,600 for the South Tees Hospitals Cutting Edge Fund.
Starting in central London, the charity cycle event took place over four days and saw participants cycle through South East England and Northern France, finishing on the Champs Elysee in Paris.
In the fundraising team were consultant urological surgeon David Chadwick, sonographer Vanessa Chadwick, retired anaesthetist Nigel Puttick and his wife Sally together with friends Duncan Harris and Janet Goswell. All of whom comfortably finished the long distance event.
This follows the trend of adventurous fundraising for the Cutting Edge Fund as David Chadwick and fellow urologists climbed Mt Toubkal, the highest mountain in Northern Africa, in 2012.
The Cutting Edge Fund was set up in 2010 with the aim of bringing robotic surgery equipment to The James Cook University Hospital. With fundraising contributions robotic surgery was achieved in for the first time at James Cook in November 2014.
As a result of this technology, patients with prostate cancer and urological conditions now benefit from minimally invasive surgery which has resulted in excellent outcomes and faster patient recovery.
Mr Chadwick, the urologist co-ordinating the fundraising, said: “We all found the ride to be a significant challenge. We are all occasional cyclists but none of us would ride 100 miles in one day for fun!”
You can support the Cutting Edge fund by donating to David Chadwick’s JustGiving donation page