The whole team is polishing off their pom poms to support two staff members as they embark on a spectacular 430 km cross-channel bike ride from Bristol to Paris in aid of the city’s hospitals.

Setting off this Friday (1 May), Mark Walker, store director, and Kevin Coles, store manager, have signed up for the four-day Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge to continue their support of Above & Beyond; a cause which supports patients in all Bristol’s city centre hospitals.

We've supported the charity for a number of years with a variety of fundraising events, helping to raise more than £25,000 for the eye hospital. But Mark wanted to do something specifically for the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre , as he knows how much local residents depend its treatment from firsthand experience. 

‘When my son, Connor, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma at just four years old, we were devastated to say the least. But with the support of Above & Beyond and the fantastic professionals at the oncology  centrel, Connor was able to make a full recovery.

‘At the time, Connor’s treatment involved pioneering trial drugs and the care both he and us as a family received at the hospital was second to none. We wanted to be able to give something back so Kevin and I signed up for the Cycle Challenge and have been training non-stop in preparation for the 430-mile trek. 

‘We’ve exceeded our £4,000 target with the help of friends, family and customers, so we just wanted to say a big thank you to all who have helped us get there. We’ll be setting off this Friday (1 May) from the College Green at 8am and look forward to completing the challenge.’

Above & Beyond helps more than 500,000 patients cared for in Bristol's nine city centre hospitals each year, as well as the millions of friends and family who visit them, and the 8,000 dedicated NHS staff who care for them. 

The Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge aims to raise vital funds for the charity’s £6M Golden Gift Appeal to help transform the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Cancer Centre (BHOC).

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