Mountain Biking for A&E

BraceA keen mountain biker has taken on the Forest of Dean’s challenging bike trails to raise money for the Emergency Department at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

45-year-old Helen Matravers was brought to the A&E department almost a year ago when an afternoon out mountain biking took a dramatic turn. After a leisurely morning ride Helen says she wanted “to take on some more challenging routes to see what the Forest had to offer" it was during this ride that she fell off her bike and broke her neck.

With such a major injury Helen says the care she got from the emergency services, and later in hospital was brilliant.

At almost a year since her accident Helen is now well enough to get back on her mountain bike, and to mark this occasion she hosted a sponsored cycle ride through the same Forest of Dean trails where her fall happened.

Undertaken at the beginning of December, Helen, her cycling group, and close friends met up at Pedalabikeaway near Cannop and cycled the Family Trail. Money raised was split between Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity, to be used for A&E, as well as the South Western Air Ambulance. In total £430 was raised for the Emergency Department at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital which will go towards much needed new equipment and updating the department.

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