On the 15 – 17 June, a group of 18 UCLH staff and patients braved the elements to cycle from Amsterdam to London, raising a fantastic £8,726. Funds raised will go towards our two major projects – the cancer and surgery centre and the new clinical facility for ear, throat, nose and mouth conditions.
Marcel Levi, Amsterdam native and UCLH’s Chief Executive, who joined the challenge - which started by the Rijks Museum in centre of Amsterdam and finished at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in the heart of London - said “It was so great to do this alongside colleagues and patients. There was a real sense of teamwork, with all of us cycling together for a great cause”
Staff chose which new clinical facility they wanted to support, and the money they raised has been earmarked for improving environments across the new sites to create relaxing spaces for patients receiving treatment, at what can be a very distressing time.
Owain Rees, works in the UCLH fundraising team and also took part in the event. He said, “The response from staff and patients has been overwhelming – the new facilities represent a huge step for UCLH and it’s great to see everyone getting involved to add more value and ensure we have something that is both truly ours, and truly world class.”
The cancer and surgery centre will be home to one of only two proton beam therapy centres in the UK, Europe’s largest centre for the treatment of blood diseases and a short stay surgery centre.
The clinical facility for ear, throat, nose and mouth conditions will bring together services offered at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear and Eastman Dental Hospitals, which together, treat more than 100,000 people each year.