17/07/2023 | Press releases, Uncategorised

Gearing up to raise charity cash

Colleagues from across ESNEFT are gearing up to test their pedal power by cycling 85 miles in memory of much-loved orthopaedic surgeon Dame Clare Marx.

Around 12 past and present staff will ride from Ipswich Hospital to the Royal College of Surgeons in London – of which Dame Clare was appointed the first female president in 2014 – over the weekend of 5 and 6 August. They will be raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in honour of Dame Clare, who sadly died of the illness in 2022 after working at Ipswich Hospital for 27 years.

Andy White (pictured above), therapy assistant with the integrated therapies equipment team, has organised the ride. He said: “When I heard Dame Clare had sadly passed away I decided to try and do something in her memory. I enjoy getting on my bike and cycle to work every day, so the ride seemed like a good way to raise some charity funds.

“Clare replaced both of my hips 12 years ago and was so professional and very caring. She was held in very high esteem by everyone who knew her.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has donated so far, as well as our equipment supplier Medequip, who are kindly picking up our bikes for us from London and bringing them back to Suffolk. It’s much appreciated as I’m sure we will all have had enough of riding by then!”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Andy and his colleagues can do so at JustGiving.

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