Staff from Spire Leeds Hospital are applying their pedal power in a charity challenge, aiming to cover 1000km as part of a company-wide initiative
Spire Healthcare, which owns and operates 39 private hospitals across the UK, is staging a week of events with a collective target of cycling 40,000km – the equivalent of the earth’s circumference – and raising £40,000 at the same time.
The week has been named ‘The Spire to Spire Cycle Challenge 2019’ and will take place between Sunday 23rd to Sunday 30th June.
Every hospital is organising its own charity cycle rides - indoors or outdoors - as well as hosting park runs and walks to meet the 1000km targets. To support this, a team of Spire employees, including the CEO Justin Ash and CFO Jitesh Sodha, will be riding a gruelling 333km from Spire’s head office in central London to its hospital in Bristol all in one day.
The cyclists will be accompanied by Mark Beaumont, the world-renowned athlete, broadcaster and ambassador who currently holds the world record for cycling the route around the world in 79 days.
Half of the proceeds raised will be donated to small international charity, THET, who works tirelessly to give developing countries access to affordable and quality healthcare by training healthcare workers. The other half of the proceeds will go to local causes, chosen by each individual hospital. Spire Leeds Hospital has announced that it will be raising money for Leeds Mind, a local mental health charity which promotes positive mental health and wellbeing and provides help, support and a wide range of services across the Leeds area.
Staff at Spire Leeds Hospital will be participating by cycling on a static bike which will be positioned in a communal area inside the Hospital for one week. Others will be cycling into work throughout the week and some will also participate in organised walks around the Hospital’s extensive grounds to help reach the 1000km targets.
Suzanne Wynne-Jones, business development manager at Spire Leeds Hospital, comments: “We are delighted to be able to work together with colleagues throughout Spire to raise funds for charity. At Spire Leeds Hospital, we have strong links with our local community and giving back to charitable causes is incredibly important to all of our staff. We are extremely proud to support Leeds Mind *, a fantastic local charity, chosen by the staff, which provides help and support to those who need it right across the Leeds area. With one in four people likely to experience mental health difficulties at some point in their lives, Leeds Mind provides a vital lifeline encouraging people to talk about mental health, to ask for help and not to suffer in silence.”
To find out more about The Spire to Spire Cycle Challenge or to donate, please visit the company Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/spiretospirechallenge2019