Thursday, 6 May 2010

Charity Ride Thanks NHS Carers

I'm joining a really worthwhile charity cycle ride this Sunday organised by a woman who survived a horrific cycle accident.

Rachel Burrows broke her spine after a high-speed bicycle crash and wants 106 volunteers to join her on the ride along Birmingham's Rea Valley Cycle Route – one for each of the NHS staff who helped her to recover.

Rachel with the helmet that saved her life
Rachel was lucky to survive, let alone walk and cycle again, after the crash left her spine broken in three places - she was saved by her helmet, which was destroyed by the impact.

The seven-mile route, which starts in Cannon Hill Park near to the newly-refurbished MAC, will be raising money for the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI).

Rachel worked out that 106 health care professionals helped her to recover: GP (1); medical photographer (1); occupational therapist (1); psychologist (1); orthotics specialist (1); patient transport (2); matrons (2); paramedics (3); plastercast fitters (3); ambulance drivers (3); consultants (4); doctors (5); sisters (5); physiotherapists (7); hospital porters (15); radiographers (15); nurses (17); healthcare assistants (20). Then there were the nine volunteers and pastoral supporters who came to Rachel’s aid while she was recuperating on the ward. These comprised: Red Cross volunteers (2), providing weekly manicures; hospital volunteers (5); clergy (2).

So a very worthy cause and it just goes to show that wearing a helmet while cycling is well worth the effort.

Rachel’s Headstrong Ride takes place at 11am on Sunday, May 9, on the Rea Valley cycle route from Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, to Kings Norton Park and back. Understandably, cycling helmets are compulsory.

There are still spaces left.  Entry fees are £8 adults, £4 children, or £20 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) payable in advance, via the JustGiving webpage - the money goes directly to the charity.

For further information, visit the event blog.

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