On the 20th October, 33 riders cycled between 10 and 40 miles through the Hertfordshire countryside. The ride was organised by Tom Willson who, six weeks beforehand, underwent brain surgery to remove a tumour.
Six weeks after brain surgery doesn’t seem the usual time to organise and participate in a charity cycle, but Tom was so touched by the care he received at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery that he wanted to do something in return. This is why the cycle was organised in aid of the National Brain Appeal – the main charity for the hospital.
Tom told us about his day, saying that the monsoon rain, thunderstorms and punctures were not enough to dampen the spirits of the 33 riders, who were urged on by “fabulous flapjacks and appropriate brewed isotonic fluids at medically approved rehydration centres”. Tom thanks his enthusiastic and supportive team of fellow riders, and all those who have donated so far, as well as – of course – the doctors, nurses and staff at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery who he says “provided such an uniformly excellent standard of care” during his admission.
To donate to Tom’s cause, visit his Virgin Money Giving page.