I am fundraising for Southmead Hospital Charity in support of the Guy Jordan Memorial Fund.
Please click the following link for more information on Guy and the charity’s support for Southmead Hospital’s emergency and critical care services - https://www.southmeadhospitalcharity.org.uk/guyjordan
This will be an End to End solo and unsupported cycle ride from John o'Groats to Land's End, starting on May 21.
Why am I supporting this fund?
1. I am a retired orthopaedic surgeon, and worked at Southmead and Frenchay Hospitals until 2013. I was involved in trauma care, and so have a keen interest in supporting provisions for the emergency services at Southmead.
2. I worked with Guy on a number of occasions, and remember his friendliness and his expert ability as an anaesthetist.
3. I had first-hand experience of Frenchay's trauma care when in 2004 I suffered a serious neck fracture in a paramotor accident, for which I will be forever grateful.
5. I am a keen cyclist, and for some time have wanted to do an end-to-end cycle ride, partly as a celebration of reaching 70 years (last December) and partly to celebrate that fact that I am alive and in one piece.
Why have decided to cycle the length of Britain?
1. Over 50 years ago, when I was 16, I cycled this route alone and unsupported and thought it would be good to retrace my steps.
2. When I think how bad my flying accident was (I could have been quadriplegic or dead), I wanted to celebrate the fact that I am alive and able to enjoy life to the full.
3. My flying has been replaced with cycling, which I love, and I wanted to do a suitable challenge to mark my retirement.