University of Leicester medics swap stethoscopes for Lycra in cycle race

Academics and students from the University of Leicester’s School of Medicine went head to head in the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race on Sunday 17 August to raise money for the Centre for Medicine Appeal.

Dr Andy Ward led his team ‘Med School Mamils’, to compete in the Vélobici corporate challenge, a technical 1.5 mile circuit which took place across the cobbles in Leicester’s historic Castle Gardens and Western Boulevard adjacent to the River Soar.

University of Leicester medics swap stethoscopes for Lycra in cycle race
The ‘Mamils’ (middle-aged men in Lycra) team comprised Dr Ward and Dr Chris Sanders from the University’s Department of Medical and Social Care Education, Mr Mark McCarthy, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences and Dr Rob Powell, Anaesthetist and Honorary Senior Lecturer. The team wore eye catching jerseys that depict the human body’s cardiovascular system.

The £10 million appeal is in support of the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by a UK university in the last decade. The Centre is expected to significantly transform the experiences of patients across the region and reshape medical education by training the doctors of tomorrow, revolutionising patient care, and fighting chronic disease.

Construction has already begun on the new £42 million cutting-edge facility, due to open in autumn 2015 on Lancaster Road, and more than £1.5m million has already been raised towards the target.

Dr Ward said: “This appeal is ensuring the best possible educational and research environment for the doctors of tomorrow which will allow them and Leicester to be at the forefront of innovations in patient care.

For more information about the Centre for Medicine Appeal www2.le.ac.uk/alumni/supportus/current-appeals/savinglives

Image: Dr Chris Sanders and Dr Andy Ward from the University of Leicester’s Department of Medical and Social Care Education
Credit: University of Leicester

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