Team RJAH set for daunting Snowdon Push

Release Date: 19/06/2017

Team RJAH set for daunting Snowdon Push

An intrepid team of staff from The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) are to tackle the daunting Snowdon Push – accompanied by a patient in a specially designed wheelchair.

The annual event is organised by The Back-Up Trust, a national charity supporting patients with spinal cord injuries and is taking place this year on 1 July. It will see more than 10 teams taking part, each including a wheelchair user who must be pushed and pulled up the tallest mountain in England and Wales.

The RJAH team will feature nurses from the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI), as well as one of the hospital’s Executive Directors and its Transformation Lead. In the wheelchair will be patient Tim Mabon, who spent several months on MCSI after a bike accident left him with a severe spinal cord injury.

Rebecca Warren, Ward Manager on MCSI, said: “It’s a brilliant event in aid of a brilliant cause. The Back-Up Trust do amazing work for spinal cord injury patients, so we are delighted to be able to support them.

“We are the first NHS hospital to enter a team in the Snowdon Push and they were so pleased when we got in touch and said we wanted to do it.

“It will be brilliant for building team spirit, and it’s going to be amazing to share this experience with terrific colleagues and with Tim, whose attitude has been inspirational for patients and staff alike ever since we first met him in our centre.

“I’m a competitive person and I’m going into this looking to win it, so the other teams had better look out for us!”

The bike was built by Jaan Robinson, husband of Kerry Robinson, the hospital’s Director of Strategy and Planning. The couple are both part of the RJAH team.

Kerry said: “I saw on Twitter that MCSI were going to be entering a team in the Snowdon Push, and it is something that appealed to me so I jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

“It’s a great personal challenge, but also a worthwhile cause and it will be good to get to know my colleagues a little better in a very different environment.

“When I told Jaan about it, he was happy to get involved and has done a brilliant job in putting together an amazing bike for Tim to use.

“He couldn’t have done it without the support and kindness of a number of local businesses and individuals. We’re so grateful to each and every one of them.”

Donors that have helped in the construction of the bike are:

  • Mark Lavelle of RJW Windsor Rewinds & Son (who gave up his time designing and building)
  • RJW Windsor Rewinds & Son (who provided workshop and equipment and parts for the build)
  • Don Maclean of Ryde Cafe (who provided cabling, the gears and brakes for the bike)
  • Tony Molloy (who provided bike parts)
  • Jez Williamson (who provided bike parts)
  • Gary Miller (who provided bike parts)
  • John Hynes (who provided bike parts)
  • Tim Wilkinson (who provided the racing seat)

The RJAH team is aiming to raise £2,000 from the challenge. To make a donation, visit their Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RJAHspinalteam



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