Cycling GP raises nearly £4,000 for cancer nurses

A Yorkshire GP has raised nearly £4,000 for Marie Curie nurses by cycling more than 1,000 miles.

Dr Wild: ‘I was overwhelmed with the support.'
Dr Wild: ‘I was overwhelmed with the support.'

The patients of Dr Stephen Wild made up the majority of donations he received for his sponsored bike ride from John O’Groats in the Highlands, Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.

Dr Wild, who completed the 1,008 mile ride over 13 days last month, said he chose to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses because as a GP he saw first-hand the impact of the ‘critical service during people's hour of greatest need and the gratitude of their relatives for the support they provide’.

Dr Wild, who works at the Leyburn Medical Practice in Brentwood, North Yorkshire, said the ride was challenging because the wind was always against him. ‘It was extremely windy for the first week, and always against me which made the cycling challenging,’ he said. ‘My family were incredibly supportive. I really couldn’t have done this without them.

‘I was overwhelmed with the support, over 100 people have donated, largely patients of the practice. Everywhere I went, when people found out which charity I was doing this for, they responded very positively. I was amazed how many people’s lives have been touched by Marie Curie.’

Marie Curie nurses provide nursing care for patients who are terminally with cancer and other illness, giving them the choice to remain in their own homes. Dr Wild has raised more than £3,600 which will provide more than 180 hours of nursing care.

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