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Andrew's South Downs Way Bike Ride - 100 miles 4000m climbing....

I'm cycling the SDW in a day! On 6th June 2014 for The Rosemary Foundation Limited because it is a challenge for me 20 months after my hip op

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  • Event: South Downs Way Off Road Bike Ride 2014, 19 Jul 2014

The Rosemary Foundation Limited

The Rosemary Foundation provides palliative care in their own homes for people with life threatening illnesses and also support for their carers and families. There is no cost to the patient or their family. It operates within a 15 mile radius of Petersfield.

Charity Registration No. 1064723

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Hi!

20 months ago I had my R hip replaced after a rugby injury when I played rugby at school. It has been a great success and cycling has been a perfect way for me to rehabilitate and strengthen my muscles. I have met a great bunch of similarly aged guys with whom I cycle regularly and we have now decided to do this big challenge together. We have all cycled the South Downs Way before but over 2-3 days which is an entirely different proposition to doing it in 1 day.

As you may know I work locally as a GP: unfortunately, medicine doesn't have all the answers and we have to accept that we all have a time to pass away. For some people this happens over  a period of time rather than suddenly and they may wish to spend those last few weeks, days or hours at home where they feel most comfortable. We do all we can at the Swan Surgery to facilitate this but it is the Rosemary Foundation that often makes this practically possible. They provide total nursing care 24/7 and I have worked with their local team many  times over the years to achieve 'death with dignity' for our patients at home.

They do a great job and make a huge difference.

This is my first sponsored event and I decided to support them by doing it. They are not a huge national organisation but a local team of dedicated staff.

Thank you for any support you can give!! 

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  • First cycle after hip op
  • SDW 2013 over 3 days
  • mishap in training but now back on my mended bike

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