ITHealth recently took on the huge challenge to cycle over 200-miles in just two days to raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity Hayward House Appeal.
Brett Draper, ITHealth Managing Director and one of the three cyclists, said: ‘ITHealth solely serves the NHS as a market, and as the NHS was turning 70 this summer it seemed a perfect opportunity to do something to say thank you to the NHS for all they do. We have some keen cyclists at ITHealth, so a long-distance bike ride to raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity Hayward House seemed a very fitting challenge.’
Brett, with his two colleagues Andy Sheret and Chris Booth, began the 200-mile journey at 9:00am on Tuesday 17th July at the site where the NHS was founded in 1948 – Trafford General Hospital (then Park Hospital). Their gruelling 200-mile route took them through Macclesfield and parts of the Peak District where they reached the highest point of the ride at 2,790ft. They incorporated a visit to Hayward House late afternoon where they were greeted with a very warm welcome from the team, before finishing up Day 1 at their very own ITHealth offices in Colwick.
‘The Hayward House team gave us such a great reception – they were really enthusiastic and supportive, which was just what we needed after having cycled for 90 miles’, said Chris Booth, ITHealth Account Manager. ‘Visiting the site simply re-enforced exactly why we took on this challenge – ultimately to raise money to support the incredible work that the Hayward House team do for people with life-limiting illnesses, including their families. All money we raise will help towards enhancements at the care facility, including development of a new sensory garden.’
Day 1 was tough, though Day 2 was even tougher as there were still 119 miles to complete and temperatures were still soaring. The team started bright and early at a central meeting point in Nottingham before heading towards their cybersecurity partner, Sophos’ head office in Abingdon, Oxford. Sophos was chosen as a final endpoint (excuse the cybersecurity pun) because together ITHealth and Sophos do much to ensure NHS organisations remain cyber secure.
The team were delighted to complete their journey – a total of 216 miles – arriving at Sophos around 4:30pm on Wednesday afternoon.
‘Although we’re keen cyclists, 216 miles in just two days was a really tough challenge. Knowing you’re doing it for such a worthy cause certainly helps you push through. We’re grateful for all the support we’ve received from our own ITHealth team, the team at Hayward House, and from our partners at Sophos. We’d also like to thank everyone that’s donated to the cause so far and helped us raise an incredible amount for the Hayward House Appeal’, said Andy Sheret, Head of Business Development at ITHealth. ‘Happy Birthday, NHS!’
Donations in support of the ITHealth challenge are still being accepted. To help ITHealth raise even more money for the Hayward House Appeal, please visit the JustGiving page.