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Home run from Rome
FORMER volunteer Daniel Cavender hopes to raise money for the Great Western Hospital by cycling from Rome to the hospital’s front door.
The 38-year-old, who used to volunteer at the GWH on a regular basis, plans to raise money for Osprey Ward by cycling more than 1,500 miles next May.
Daniel said: “Next year I am attempting to cycle the gruelling and demanding challenge from the Vatican in Rome back to the Great Western.
“It’s about 1,500 miles. I think I’ll go from Vatican City up the west coast, north to Turin, across the Alps to Lyon, on to Paris, across to London and then on to Swindon.
“I will be fundraising to help Osprey Ward, which is a very busy outpatients ward that helps with many illnesses.” Daniel hopes to raise £9,000 through the trip and is looking for volunteers to go on the journey with him.
He said: “I’m hopefully going to get some more people to come along and join me.”
So far, Daniel has cycled 1,300 miles and raised £3,420 for various wards at the Great Western including White Horse Birthing Centre, Saturn Ward and Falcon Ward.
Daniel said: “I was a volunteer for Osprey Ward and I saw all the good work they do there on some of the wards and it’s all about raising money to help fund equipment.
“It’s also about raising awareness about all the good work that they do.”
In 2011, Daniel cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End, raising £3,500 for the hospital.
He said: “It wasn’t until three or four years ago that I really got into cycling.
“I used to cycle when I was younger but I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly fit.”
On his return from the trip from Rome, Daniel hopes to hold an auction of sports goods and memorabilia which he plans to collect along the way to raise further funds for the hospital.
Daniel said: “I am really looking forward to it. It’s going to be tough but I think it will go well.”
For further details and to support him people can visit www.gwhcharity challenge.org.
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