‘On your bike’ for Liver and Pancreatic Cancer

Leicester’s Hospitals’ staff and their patients, friends and family are aiming to raise £25,000 as they prepare for the 5th Annual Liver & Pancreas Cancer Research 100 mile Charity Bike Ride from Leicester to Hunstanton on Saturday 24 June 2017 followed by a ‘Survivors BBQ’ on Sunday 25 June hosted by Professor of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Ashley Dennison. 

Starting from Café Ventoux in Tugby and ending on the green outside the Town Hall in Hunstanton, 66 cyclists and 20 support crew have signed up for the gruelling challenge. The team consists of surgeons, junior doctors, research doctors, scientists, specialist nurses, anaesthetists, patients, theatre staff, senior hospital managers, general practitioners, practice nurses, relatives, family, friends and colleagues from the pharmaceutical industry.

Richard Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “This will be my fourth bike ride and I really enjoy the opportunity to spend a day doing exercise with friends and colleagues from work, in a far less formal environment. We also raise money for such a great cause and Cris Pollard, Ashley Dennison and team should be commended for all they do each year to make this so successful.”

In addition to the 100 mile cycle challenge, the team also hold a cake sale at the hospital and sell raffle tickets to raise further funds. The majority of the raffle prizes have been donated by local business from around Leicester and Market Harborough but a small number have come from generous individuals and one from Eurostar.

Cris Pollard Lead HPB Nurse Specialist said “Over the years this event has helped to raise over £100,000 to be used for cancer research and 100% of the money has been used by the research fellows and doctors from the Leicester Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Unit (HPB) to benefit patients not only in Leicestershire but all over the UK”.

The department of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery (HPB) at Leicester General Hospital has been conducting research into the causes and treatments of liver, pancreas and biliary cancers for almost 25 years. Unfortunately there is very little money available from the government or major charities who concentrate on the better known cancers (breast, lung, colon and prostate) leaving very little for HPB cancers despite that pancreas cancer is the 5th common fatal solid organ malignancy in the UK (4th commonest in the USA and because the results are not improving compared to other cancers it is predicted to be the 2nd most common by 2050). In response to these funding issues the Leicester HPB unit needed to find different ways of funding their research to ensure that this vital work can continue. The idea of a charity cycling event grew from these musings (originally started by a former patient) and has now become an annual event.

Everyone involved in this charity event realises the importance of raising money to support the research being done in Leicester by our young surgeons and scientists. Organising studies and analysing samples to help us learn and understand the processes involved in the development and resistance of cancers is very expensive.

To enter the event each cyclist not only has to cycle 100 miles from Café Ventoux to Hunstanton but they also each have to raise a minimum of £200 to take part. Many of the cyclists’ family and friends, work colleagues and patients have been extraordinarily generously in donating to enable the cyclists to achieve their target”.

Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/lhc/teamhpb2017

To read more about our HPB Unit or view previous years cycling photos please visit our website www.hpbleicester.com