FLETCHERS CHAIRMAN (Southport) TAKES ON GRUELLING CYCLING CHALLENGE FOR NHS CHARITY April 30th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments FLETCHERS CHAIRMAN TAKES ON GRUELLING CYCLING CHALLENGE FOR NHS CHARITY The chairman of Southport-based medical negligence and serious injury solicitors, Fletchers Solicitors, is set to take on his toughest challenge yet, all in the name of charity. Rob Fletcher, 59, will be cycling the length of France, as well as taking on Tour de France’s most notorious mountain, to raise vital funds for The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Home from Home’ Appeal. Pictured above Rob Fletcher (left) with team. Rob will be joined in the saddle by Walton Centre Neurologist Nick Fletcher and Neurosurgeon Andrew Brodbelt, as well as Southport resident Richard Neve who works for Bolton based medical legal report provider Premex Services. Starting on the 19 June 2014, the team will cycle 628 miles across France, passing Dijon and Lyon and through the Rhône Valley. The cycling adventure will culminate at the summit of Mont Ventoux, the 6,273ft mountain made famous for its inclusion in the Tour de France route. Mont Ventoux, translated as windy mountain because of the strong gusts recorded from its peak, has been used in the Tour de France route since 1951, and is regarded as the most famous and fearful climb of the entire race. Rob and the team will be taking the Bèdoin route up the mountain, which is deemed the most difficult course ascension. Rob Fletcher said: “I am a keen cyclist and I am very much looking forward to this challenge. I have previously cycled to Poland in a seven-day trip but this will certainly test my fitness and endurance levels to the maximum. Fletchers Solicitors has had a long association with The Walton Centre and the ‘Home from Home’ appeal is an incredibly worthy cause. I am honoured to be able to help them. I turn 60 in May, and this will be the perfect way to conclude the celebrations.” The Walton Centre in Liverpool is the only specialist NHS unit for neurosciences in the UK. Its specialisms lie in diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses that affect the brain, spine and peripheral nerves and muscles. The Centre also aids patients who suffer from long-term illnesses caused by neurological disorders. The majority of its patients come from the Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire areas, but it also provides specialist treatment and complex disorders from patients across the UK. The ‘Home from Home’ appeal aims to raise £1million by the end of 2014 to provide eight ensuite bedrooms enabling families of patients receiving care to stay at the facility, as many family members are currently sleeping in chairs in visitor rooms. Some of the money raised will also aid the development of therapy gardens and gym equipment for the patients. Rob aims to raise a minimum of £5,000 with a group target of £50,000. To donate please visit his JustGiving page. If you wish to get involved in the ‘Home from Home’ appeal or would like more information, you can contact Kevin Byrne, Fundraiser, on 01515295612 or by emailing [email protected] or visit www.thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!