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Support Abbi on her mammoth cycling challenge

5 July, 2019

Abbi Polley, lead therapeutic radiographer at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), is halfway through a huge cycling challenge for charity that will see her complete seven rides in seven months, one of them a 100 mile ride in October.

Abbi, who specialises in treating skin cancer patients and suffers with asthma, said, “Over the past few years, I have set myself challenges that stretch my personal boundaries and improve my resilience. I have used these as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of smaller charities.”

This year, she has committed to riding over 400 miles in seven cycle rides, including the 100-mile Autumn Classic Sportive in October. “As someone with asthma, committing to seven longer rides is a much bigger challenge than a single ride,” said Abbi.

“The money I raise will be going to the radiotherapy superficial treatment suite at NNUH and will help to a chair specifically designed to help patients receive treatment in greater comfort: Many have mobility and breathing difficulties that make lying flat very difficult.”

The other recipient of money raised during the cycling challenge is Beech Ward, the stroke rehabilitation unit at the Norwich Community Hospital, as a thank you for the work their teams did that enabled a family member to regain independence.

The cycle training continues between each sportive in order to control Abbi’s asthma and improve her stamina. “From past experience, I know I hit a ‘wall’ during each ride. It has been the support of my sponsors and the knowledge that I am making a difference (however small) that has given me the determination and motivation to finish. Any support and encouragement that SCoR members can give me in pursuit of my goal would be very gratefully received,” said Abbi.

Click here if you would like to support Abbi and read her Facebook blog

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