Consultant Urological Surgeons from St Richard’s Hospital, Worthing Hospital and West Sussex Urology LLP are vowing to take on a gruelling 100 mile bike ride in a bid to boost urology services for local patients.
The challenge, which will support Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust, will aim to hit a fundraising target of £80,000 to provide new equipment to improve diagnosis of urological cancers and other specialist urological conditions such as blood in the urine or patients at risk of prostate cancer.
The Urology department sees more than 150 outpatients every week
Mrs Suzie Venn, Clinical Director for Urology and Consultant Urological Surgeon said: “As a group we are keen to raise funds to allow us to improve the services we provide to our local population. A dedicated centre will allow quicker diagnosis and better for service for the patients of west Sussex.
The NHS colleagues will join 15,000 cyclists on 23 September at the world-famous Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester for the start of the first ever Vélo South, a major new 100-mile closed road sportive for the UK.
The team will ride through Goodwood Estate and into the West Sussex countryside, passing hamlets and villages filled with cheering spectators. After experiencing the panoramic views and unrivalled beauty of the South Downs National Park, a grandstand finish awaits back at the Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Mrs Venn added: “I am extremely proud of my colleagues for kicking off our fundraising with such a challenging event. Everyone who donates will be making a real difference to patients needing urological healthcare in our local area."
Amanda Tucker, Head of Charity for Love Your Hospital said: “It’s heart-warming and inspirational when our staff fundraise in aid of our hospitals and the patients they care for. We’re incredibly lucky to have such dedicated team players within the urology team at Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust and they have set themselves a fantastic challenge. On behalf of the charity team and the Trust, I’d like to say a big thank you to them all for supporting local patients and we wish them
the very best of luck.”