A HOSPITAL manager and six pals cycled to the top of one of France’s hardest peaks to raise money for poorly South Yorkshire children.
Mahmood Hussain, aged 45, cycled 21.5km to the summit of Mont Ventoux for Rotherham Hospital’s Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal.
Mr Hussain, from Broom, Rotherham, who works as equality and engagement manager for the NHS trust, completed the challenge with a group of friends from Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club.
They raised £500 for the charity, which funds equipment in the hospital’s children’s department.
Mr Hussain said: “Scaling Mont Ventoux was a great mental and physical challenge. A high team spirit and camaraderie kept us going through the tough, cruel climb.
“It’s an experience I’ll never forget. I am delighted to have raised the money for Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal and I look forward to this being used to fund items for children and young people using the trust’s services.”
The NHS man described the ‘relief, fatigue, elation and cold’ upon reaching the summit, and described the ‘moonscape appearance’ that met the team of cyclists on Mont Ventoux.