Historian and semi-retired management consultant Philip Moon, of Folkingham, is doing a Lincoln to Paris cycle ride to raise money for Lincoln Hospital’s Ingham Ward, which provides chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients.
“They do great work,” says Philip’s wife Ericka, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy herself.
“But with the huge number of people now needing treatment, patient facilities are significantly over-stretched. Some extra resources would help make patients’ experience less stressful and their care more efficient.”
Sister Kate Porter, who runs the ward, said: “There’s a whole range of things which would help, from more drip stands and prep trolleys through enhancements to the entertainment system, to updated therapy chairs. What would be really good would be to have more space.”
Philip is hoping his solo 400-mile cycle ride will raise over £1,000. He said: “It’ll be an average of around 50 miles a day. It’s unsupported and quite a bit of it will be off road.”
As well as being a fundraiser and a personal challenge, the ride also commemorates the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln (May 20, 2017) – an often forgotten point when forces supporting the child-king Henry III defeated those of the rival claimant to the throne Louis Capet, son and heir of the king of France.
Philip will be setting off on March 17 from just outside Lincoln Castle (scene of the battle) and arriving at Notre Dame in Paris on March 25.
To donate visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilipMoon
Philip will be giving a talk to the Folkingham Past and Present History Society on April 12 entitled ‘Louis I (the king who nearly was) and the Battle of Lincoln’ at Folkingham Village Hall from 7pm.