Fundraiser bike ride raises more than £8,000 for King George and Queen's Hospital charity
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 May 2018
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.”