Europe’s largest equine veterinary practice hosted a charity bike ride on June 26, cycling a collective distance of 4,100 miles to raise £16,000 for Animal Care in Egypt and Addenbrooke’s Hospital cancer ward.
Europe’s largest equine veterinary practice hosted a charity bike ride on June 26, cycling a collective distance of 4,100 miles to raise £16,000 for Animal Care in Egypt (ACE) and Addenbrooke’s Hospital cancerw ard E10.
The team from Rossdale and Partners in Newmarket has already beaten its original target of £5,000 and have now raised £16,000 for their two chosen charities: Animal Care in Egypt (ACE) and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cancer Ward E10.
Rossdales already have strong links with ACE and has a programme – now in its second year – to help support the valuable work that the charity does. Each year the practice sends one of their vets and one of their nurses to work with the charity for a period of 10 days and fundraising continues throughout the rest of the year, largely through the sale of tack and equipment donated by clients.
Seventy one cyclists, who comprise of Rossdales staff, friends and family, cycled a collective distance of 4,100 miles, the distance from Rossdale’s clinic in Exning to ACE’s clinic in Luxor, Egypt – and two thirds of the way back!
Involved in the team were 22 veterinary surgeons and five qualified veterinary nurses. The team cycled across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, choosing either a 25 or 100 mile route, on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Both routes finished back at the hospital in Exning where the partners hosted a summer party for family and friends.
The emergency on-call team of vets, nurses and externs also helped build up miles for the team by cycling in relay on static bikes at the hospital. This ensured that there was full cover at all times for in-patients and emergency admissions. Despite a busy weekend of emergency referral admissions, the team managed to cycle a collective distance of 100 miles during quieter moments.