Fundraiser bike ride raises more than £8,000 for King George and Queen’s Hospital charity

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 May 2018

Cyclists taking part in pedal 4 patiens, a new bike ride fundraiser for King George and Queen's Hospital charity. Photo: Stuart Wilks.

Cyclists taking part in pedal 4 patiens, a new bike ride fundraiser for King George and Queen's Hospital charity. Photo: Stuart Wilks.


More than 50 cyclists braved the wind and wet weather at a special bike ride fundraiser to support a hospital charity.

Stuart Wilks, 42, organised Pedal4Patients, the first of what he hopes will become an annual event to raise money for the King George and Queen’s Hospital Charity.

More than 50 people took part in a 65 or 45 mile bike ride from Brentwood to Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way on Sunday, April 29.

Stuart told the Recorder: “It went very well, we raised more than £8,000 which is great for a first attempt.

“Hopefully as the momentum builds, and maybe with a bit more sunshine we’ll get even more people out next year.”

Among the riders were colleagues Mark Chinnery and Steven Last from the Estates team at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Stuart was inspired to fundraise for the hospital’s charity after his daughter Charlotte was born stillborn at Queen’s Hospital in 2016.

He and his wife Sarah were keen to give something back and help fundraise for improvements to the Snowdrop Suite, which is for families to spend time after the loss of a baby.

“What the hospital does is amazing. It’s not until you go through something like that, that you realise how helpful the NHS is. They pull out all the stops,” Stuart added.

The funds raised by participants of the bike ride will go to various causes supported by the charity.

Pedal4Patients was supported by numerous volunteers including the Games Maker Choir, Sainsbruys in Brentwood, the Brentwood Breakfast Rotary Club, Homebase in Romford and the Mirror Turkish Restaurant in Hornchurch.

Stuart said: “We had a lot of volunteers and people said how good it was to see friendly faces along the route.

“One woman came all the way down from Chesire and said she was amazed at how pretty Essex was.”

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories


A police cordon and crime scene remain in place this morning.

We all know that London is experiencing a violence epidemic, with knife crime up by 50 per cent since September 2015.

Yesterday, 15:00

When the fighting ended in November 1918, Havering’s prisoners of war came home. As Prof Ged Martin reports, many had suffered a hard time

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 08:00

In recent weeks we have brought you the stories of families who have found a lifeline in Hornchurch charity First Step.

Yesterday, 08:00

I like science fiction. I grew up wearing glasses so I didn’t have much say in the matter.

Fri, 16:54

A former Bomber Command rear gunner who lied about his age so he could join the RAF during the Second World War died in Romford last week.


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area


A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now