A six-woman strong team from St Richard’s Ophthalmology unit took on the London to Brighton 2017 Bike Ride in June triumphantly crossing the finish line after seven hours in the saddle.
Kelly Manderson, Lisa Manderson, Sandra Walker, Hannah Woolgar, Patricia Nicolasora and Amanda Bolt took part in the cycle challenge in aid of Love Your Hospital to raise funds for clinical equipment needed on the eye care unit. They joined more than 15,000 cyclists in the annual event, covering a 54 mile route from Clapham Common to Brighton sea front, in scorching temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius.
Kelly said: “We got underway early at 5 am, enduring two punctures and one broken gear shank along the way so it was quite eventful. We were also cycling in pretty extreme heat, but it felt a great team achievement to complete the ride for our St Richard’s patients, some of whom cheered us from the side lines at various points along the route.”
Now in its 42nd year, the London to Brighton Bike Ride is British Heart Foundation’s flagship event and Europe’s oldest charity cycling event. Over the years it has seen hundreds of thousands of cyclists pedalling over 41million miles.
The team raised more than £200 and donations are still being gratefully received at