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Will cycles for St George's!

5th June 2020

Today, we have William Hood tackling the ‘Not the Dragon Ride’ to raise funds for our Coronavirus Appeal.

He decided to raise funds for St George’s Hospital after being treated at the hospital for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He was discharged 10 months ago and is now still in remission and steadily recovering. Due to his cancer history, Will has had to stay at home shielding throughout the pandemic and when the cancellation of the renowned cycling sportive in Wales, the ‘Dragon Ride’, was announced because of the pandemic, he decided to still compete, but in his own back garden.

Will said, ‘Inspired by the story of the french runner who completed a marathon on his 7 metre balcony during lockdown - I have been training for, and hope to complete, a virtual 208km Dragon Ride in my back garden using a set of rollers (the cycling equivalent of a treadmill) on Sunday June 7th, the date which the Dragon Race would have taken place.

After surviving AML just being able to attempt something like this means everything to me. During long training sessions, when I've been exhausted, I often think back to the time I spent in the isolation rooms on Ruth Myles ward and how weak and ill I was. I also think of the incredible and compassionate care I received from my family and the whole team at St Georges. This is only a small way to say thank you to them - but perhaps also a way to value what they have given me.

Training on rollers has been challenging! Although there are no hills, there are also no places to rest and they require constant effort and concentration to keep 'moving'. I've done nearly 2,500km over the past 10 weeks, and on June 7th I'll hopefully need just another 10 hours to tackle the final 208km. Wish me luck!’

Will also wanted to thank everyone that has donated so far, with their support he has smashed his target, raising an incredible £1,138. To support him and our appeal, find out more here to support his amazing efforts.






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