Charity cycle for King George and Queen’s Hospitals charity raises more than £11,000
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A cycle ride has raised more than £11,000 for the King George and Queen’s Hospitals charity.
Organised by Adam Shinebroom, the proceeds raised from Sunday’s (September 13) 100km ride will allow the charity to buy a piece of equipment to help patients walk.
The 41-year-old, from Chigwell, organised the fundraiser to give back to the Queen’s neuro-team who have cared for his mum, Hazel, since she was hospitalised in May.
The Recorder first caught up with Adam just under a month ago with preparations well underway; and with the cycle now over, he reflected on a “wonderful” experience:
“The first 25km was a breeze, but the next section was tough,” he said. “The return leg felt great, almost euphoric.”
It has been a long few months for the entire family, and Adam admits that organising the fundraiser has been a welcome distraction.
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There were a couple of changes to the original plan; a quieter route — to Westmill in Hertfordshire — was chosen, and three new cyclists joined the group.
An event to present the cheque was organised for after the ride.
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A charity spokesperson described the day as “quite emotional”, adding: “The hospital charity provides things that the NHS doesn’t. That can go from recliner chairs and maternity, to providing specialised wheelchairs. We rely on people to raise money for us.
“We don’t have any big millionaire donors, so people like Adam and his friends have done us an enormous service.”
The spokesperson went on to explain that the money raised will fund the purchase of a machine which will help patients walk, by assisting them into a hoist and put a sling around them.
He added: “Today it takes four people to do that, so your efforts will help people like Hazel, and others, get back their lives as quickly as possible.”
Speaking at the event, an emotional Adam thanked everyone involved, both in making the cycle possible and in Hazel’s care.
He reserved special praise for wife Gemma and children Brooke and Joe, saying: “I’ve not been great to be around. It’s been really hard, but they’re always there and they’re really patient with me.”
Hazel continues to make progress at Queen’s as she awaits a move to the specialist Putney Clinic.