Sponsored indoor cycle in Welwyn for stroke victims

PUBLISHED: 11:40 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:44 22 May 2017

Danesbury Neurological Centre physoitherapist Emily Hatch (on bike) and her staff and patients have been cycling 152km a day in their

Danesbury Neurological Centre physoitherapist Emily Hatch (on bike) and her staff and patients have been cycling 152km a day in their "Pedal May Purple" challenge for the Stroke Association. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Patients of a Welwyn Hatfield residential clinic joined staff to help stroke victims with a week-long sponsored indoor cycle last week.

Physiotherapists and other staff members at Danesbury Neurological Centre in Welwyn set themselves the collective target of 152km a day from Monday to Friday, representing the 152,000 people who have a stroke each year in the UK.

Organiser Emily Hatch, one of the School Lane residential clinic’s physiotherapy team, said: “We managed to complete this distance each day, with our best day achieving 184.3km. We even completed meetings with the bikes, so that we cycled our way through team meetings and multidisciplinary meetings.

“We have set up a justgiving page in order to help us receive sponsorship and we also had donation boxes on the unit throughout the event.”

The cyclists wore purple, following a theme set by the Stroke Association for Stroke Awareness Month.

They also organised a cake sale and a wear purple to work day to raise additional cash for the Stroke Association.

Anyone who would help the clinic raise money for The Stroke Association can do so online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DanesburyNeurologicalCentre

Danesbury Neurological Centre is a leading residential clinic for rehabilitating victims of strokes and brain injuries, with 17 inpatient beds.

Its staff includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, psychologists, and nurses.

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