Pedalling up the cash in Doncaster to help sick children

Pedal power: Kind-hearted staff from a Doncaster substance misuse team are gearing up for a charity cycle ride to raise money for The Sick Children's Trust.

Pedal power: Kind-hearted staff from a Doncaster substance misuse team are gearing up for a charity cycle ride to raise money for The Sick Children's Trust.

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Six team members from the Drug Interventions Programme, which is provided in Doncaster by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, will be cycling 40 miles from Doncaster to York on Saturday June 9, to say thanks to medical staff who helped on of their team.

Project worker Louise Braisby, who organised the bike ride, needed the charity’s help when her twins were born two years ago.

She said: “Abbie and Harry arrived safely in July 2009, however Abbie became very ill and was transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital at five days old.

“As a family we went with her but hadn’t even thought about where we would all stay and the thought of us splitting up didn’t even cross my mind, however thanks to the Sick Children’s Trust we didn’t have to think about this, they provided us with a Home and a room to stay in that was only minutes from Abbie’s bedside.

“With their help we were able to stay at the Hospital with Abbie during her five week stay, I can’t imagine how much it would have cost us if we had to stay in a hotel or even just travel every day.

“Knowing we were only minutes away from Abbie meant that we were able to rest and look after her twin Harry. We can not thank them enough and will continue to fundraise for such a worthily cause, thankfully we have not had to use their facilities again but I know many other families have. Therefore this is why I am asking you to sponsor us in the 40mile Bike Ride from Doncaster to York. It costs on average £27 per night to provide a room for a family, £50 buys a set of bathroom towels, £100 buys a microwave oven, £250 buys a vacuum cleaner and £500 buys a television for the communal lounge.

“The Sick Children’s Trust provides free, high quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for families with sick children and without them I don’t know what we would have done when my twins were born.”

“This is my way of saying thank you to them for the brilliant service they provide, and it’s great that my colleagues are supporting me in this way.”

Log onto www.justgiving.com/Louise-Braisby to support Louise and her colleagues on their charity ride.

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