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Three of our supporters Diane Courtney, Jim Murray and Dennis Corbett departed from Bexley Heath in Kent on Wednesday 20th July to cycle the 420 miles to Paris to raise funds for MedEquip4Kids.

The first day saw them set out with over seventy other charity participants, to cycle through glorious English countryside to take the Dover to Calais ferry.  A very exhilarating three days cycling in the sunshine along French roads and lanes followed, including the tranquil, moving and beautiful Somme Valley.

Jim was quick to comment that they were very glad they had included plenty of hills and time in the saddle in their training programme over the previous months and would highly recommend future participants followed his advice. “And arriving in Paris was an amazing experience, never to be forgotten” added Diane.

Dennis Corbett a paediatric consultant at Royal Blackburn Hospital said “I chose to do the London to Paris Cycle ride for two reasons. Firstly, I love cycling and seeing new places, and secondly, being a paediatric consultant I personally see the difference MedEquip4kids Children’s Charity makes. It is a charity I strongly believe in and will continue to support. I look forward to doing the Lancashire Loop Cycle Challenge and other international cycle events”.

The icing on the cake for this particular event was the chance to see some of the sights of this iconic city on Sunday, including the Finale of the Tour de France, before heading home on the Eurostar.

“We are very grateful to our intrepid trio for all the hard work they put in over the months, training for this event and fundraising in such innovative ways, gaining support from their friends, family and work colleagues. They truly deserved to enjoy themselves!” commented Fundraising Co-ordinator Rose Franks.

If you would like to follow in Diane, Jim and Dennis’s tyre tracks, click here to find out more about the event in 2017.

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“Infections of the central nervous system need urgent and appropriate treatment. Most laboratory methods can take from 24 to 48 hours for diagnosis of bacterial meningitis and three to seven days for diagnosis of viral meningitis or encephalitis. The new equipment will mean we can get results of these tests in around an hour. We’ll be able to inform the clinicians of a positive result, allowing targeted therapy and reassurance to the patients and families. Just as important is the reporting of negative results, which may enable treatment withdrawal and possibly a shorter hospital stay.”

Dr Pradeep Subudhi
Consultant Microbiologist
Royal Bolton Hospital

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