Staff and volunteers from the University of Chester have raised money for a charity which helps people with brain injuries and learning difficulties.
Co-ordinated by Richard Henderson, senior supervisor at the University’s Thornton Fitness Suite, the spinathon raised a total of £172.88, for BIRD (Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Development), a charity based in Eccleston, Chester, which is close to his heart.
Richard explained: “BIRD has close ties to home. My fiancée’s brother, Phillip, has attended recently as he himself suffered an injury to his brain and continues to bear the consequences. He has lost the ability of sight, cannot speak and is now bed-bound, having to have 24-hour care.
“Having seen how much pain this can cause within a family, my fiancée struggles with this every day- not being able to talk, hug or go for walks with him like they used to. I really wanted to do something to help them. As a department, we all wanted to do more for charity so this event tied in really well with that.”
Over the course of the day, staff and volunteers managed to cycle a total of 474.12 miles between them, the equivalent distance from London to Paris, on three static bikes which were based outside the Binks building on the Parkgate Road Campus.
The money raised will go towards helping to provide speech and language therapy for families that use the service.