Memorial fund geared up to raise £15k for hospital ward
RIDERS are being urged to get on their bikes ready to join a 'wheely' good cause.
Sponsor forms are now available for the 13th Emma-Jayne Memorial Fund annual bikeathon and fun walk.
The popular event, which starts and finishes from the Royal Oak, at Little Cawthorpe, raises money to help the neurosurgical unit, ward 40, at Hull Royal Infirmary.
The event is an annual fundraiser for the Emma-Jayne Memorial Fund which was set up by Ruth and Tony Knowles, from Sutton-on-Sea, following the death of their daughter in 1998, just two weeks before her 23rd birthday.
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As a thank you for the treatment and care the unit gave to Emma-Jayne, her parents have dedicated themselves to raising as much money as they can to buy specialist equipment for the ward to help other patients.
So far, the fund has raised almost £119,000 and the equipment which has been bought from the appeal is helping to save lives.
This year, the fund is raising money to buy an embedding centre which is a piece of laboratory equipment that helps in the process of making microscopic slides for diagnosis of a biopsy.
The unit's current embedding centre is about 13 years old and is now past its best, with parts for repair becoming difficult to buy.
They also want to buy micro-scissors, micro-forceps and six rehabilitation chairs.
The appeal wants to raise around £14,800 to buy this latest equipment.
The bikeathon is on Sunday, July 22 and participants can choose to take part in a 12 or a 30-mile route.
Anyone without a bike can hire a bike from Louth Cycle Centre for free.
Non-cyclists can also be involved by taking part in the three-and-a-half mile sponsored walk.
Following the walk and cycle ride, a barbecue, raffle and tombola will take place at The Royal Oak.
For the first time this year, participants can download their sponsor forms and see virtual tours of the routes on the charity's new website www.emmajaynememorialfund.co.uk
Sponsor forms are also available from Louth Cycle Centre, The Royal Oak and various locations in Louth, including the office of the Louth Target.
For more information, visit www.emma-jaynememorialfund.co.uk or call Ruth and Tony on 01507 441347.