Yesterday, 25th of March, the Salford Royal NHS physiotherapy department decided to make a difference this Red Nose Day by challenging their team to cycle the equivalent distance of Salford to Paris on static bikes over the course of the day.
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign ran by the non-profit organisation, Comic Relief, aims to people involved to raise money for poverty ridden areas and people in need, aiming to create a more equal and just society.
We love challenges here at Salford Royal 💪 On the 25th of March the physio team are going to complete a static bike ride from sunny Salford to Paris in aid of comic relief!! 🚲 Please donate what you can… https://t.co/rg9ss4hnah
— @salfordroyalphysio (@srftphysio) 15 March 2019
Gabriel Ford, service leader for the MSK Physiotherapy department believed the ‘Cycle to Paris’ fundraiser which they hosted, was not only going to be a great means of raising money for Comic Relief, but also a fantastic way to promote health and fitness.
He explained: “We got great support from all the staff and members of the public. It was an excellent way to promote exercise and empowering people to make positive lifestyle choices’’
The 12 hour journey to ‘Paris’, began at 7.30 AM, rallying a crew of over 40 willing staff members who alternated between them, completing 1 hour slots per person and 3 bicycles running at a time.
Between all the staff involved, a total of 460 miles were covered over the course of the day.
The team have outdone themselves by furthering their mileage target past Paris all the way to Dijion, in addition to completing the challenge early.
Gabriel added: “We raised loads of money for this fabulous charity and smashed our mileage target and got beyond Paris and made it to Dijon”
A public donations page is now live on JustGiving which allows you to donate as little as £2.00.
All Images are credited to Salford Royal NHS Physiotherapy