Doctor’s pedal power for good cause
A GP at Greystoke Surgery in Morpeth has put a fund-raising idea into gear in aid of the charity that provided support when his daughter was born.
Dr Matt Kurian started his attempt to cycle 1,000km on an exercise bike in the waiting room of the surgery over six days last week.
He did 925km between September 9 and 13 and is set to do the remaining 75km at the flu clinic between 8am and 11.30am tomorrow (Saturday).
Esther, who turned one on Monday, is the daughter of Dr Kurian and his wife, Joanna.
She has Down’s syndrome and when she was born she needed to stay in hospital.
Esther needed help in the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI in Newcastle and she was then discharged on oxygen after two weeks.
The cycling challenge is in aid of Tiny Lives, which is based at the hospital.
Dr Kurian said it provided ‘absolutely amazing’ support, such as providing a neonatal physiotherapist, a Miniboo fabric item that the child can grasp onto in the incubator and a social worker to be in constant dialogue with parents.
He added: “I’ve done fund-raisers in the past and I like sporting activities, so I decided to get on the exercise bike at the surgery and set myself a tough challenge.
“I did some cycling, rowing and swimming training for this so I was somewhat prepared, although naturally it got harder as the week went on.
“I’m glad there is now just the last bit left.
“I’m grateful to Joanna for her patience as I did all the training and Esther has enjoyed seeing me on the bike. She has used some pom-poms to help cheer me on.
“I’ve been overwhelmed with the support I’ve received so far and our patients have been very generous with their donations.
“People are welcome to donate in the bucket or hand in an envelope to the surgery at Morpeth NHS Centre on Saturday or on another day if more convenient.
“I’m pleased to say that Esther is doing very well at the moment.
“She has physio and occupational therapy appointments, as well as regular check-ups at the hospital.”