The BEEP Doctors cycle team have hung up their helmets as they completed a 260-mile charity bicycle ride around Cumbria this weekend raising over £4,000 for equipment.
Setting off from Penrith on Friday 16th July, the team endured the hottest weather this year as they completed their challenge. This took them from the health centre in Penrith, where the charity was first formed, via Appleby to Sedbergh, Ulverston to Gosforth, up to Silloth, across to Carlisle, on to Croglin and Kirkoswald and then back home to Penrith HQ on Tuesday.
Dr Theo Weston, who formed that charity back in 1994 planned the route and cycled the full 260 miles, but various friends, cyclists and supporters joined him along the way including Rob Douglas, President of the Rotary Club of West Lakeland who are a big supporter of the BEEP Doctors and helped with planning and vehicle support over the five-day challenge.
Other cyclists included Chris Gasgarth, Nigel Harling, Will Ripley, Sean Duffy, Tim Taylor and other supporters from the Rotary Club of West Lakeland.
Thankfully there were no major problems during the ride and everyone survived the incredibly warm weather (mainly thanks to their support crew consisting of each of the two main riders’ wives, who kept them supplied with lots of water/drinks).
Theo comments, “We are blown away by the support we’ve had for the cycle event. We originally planned to do it in 2020 but have had to postpone it until now and the weather gods were certainly shining down on us! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us, cycled with us, cheers us on “beeped” their horn or donated money to the charity. The event has been fantastic, but I will be happy not to get on my bike for a few weeks and sleep in my own bed!”
A total of £4,061 has been raised so far, which will go towards the BEEP Doctors fundraising campaign to raise £145,000 in 2021. The campaign will enable the charity to buy life saving equipment for their team of doctors who now cover the whole of Cumbria. The Doctors are on hand with the North West Ambulance Service should they need to attend any road traffic accidents or serious incidents throughout the county.
Each doctor carries a basic amount of equipment, which they need to attend call outs, as well as a number of devices not used by paramedics including ultrasound scanners, more complex monitor/defibrillators etc. The more serious the incident they attend, the more advanced equipment they need to monitor patients, perform lifesaving surgery or even anaesthetise patients before they are taken to hospital. All the money raised during the cycle ride will go towards buying this vital life saving equipment.
Theo added, “The support we have received from everyone during this round Cumbria ride including all those who have ridden with us & supported us along the way as well as all the members of the public who have already donated money through the Just Giving link, has been utterly amazing. I am truly humbled & stunned by the amount that has been raised so far.”
Thanks also go to Arragons Cycles Penrith who supplied a range of spares, Polka Dot Cycles, Sedbergh, who repaired one of the bikes when we had a slight technical problem en route. Bardsea Leisure, Together We Can Fundraising and Acorn Marketing and to the supporters who saw them off and cheered them home. Thanks also go to Dr Claire Brock who had wanted to join the event, but was unable held a tea party in her garden and raised £400.
If you would like to help support BEEP Doctors (BASICS) Cumbria, you can still donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/beep-doctors-cycle-ride or even get in touch to run your own fundraising event.