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Cycling to raise money for WWL

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After his life was turned upside down, a local man was keen to say thank you to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust Coronary Care and Intensive Care Unit.

Ben Abbott, 33, from Whelley, Wigan, wanted to show his appreciation to everyone who cared for his father who passed away on the Intensive Care Unit late last year, so set about arranging a bike ride to raise money.

Ben, alongside 12 of his family and friends, many of whom had not cycled before, set off from Wigan’s DW Stadium to Heaton Bridge in Southport.

The ride took around six hours to complete, with Ben leading the way, back in August 2019.

“I love cycling and have cycled this route before, so I thought what better way to raise money whilst doing it,” said Ben.

In total, £1,600 was raised by family, friends and a local pub, who generously donated £200 alone, for the bike ride.

And Ben and his two brothers also donated the money that was given at their father’s funeral to WWL’s Coronary Care and Intensive Care Unit.

Carolyn Dereszkiewicz, Medicine Divisional Director of Nursing said, “What Ben has achieved is incredible! We are so very grateful for the amount of money he has raised with the support of his family and friends.

“The money raised will help both our Coronary Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit and will benefit our patients greatly.”

The money raised will go towards a new CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, which applies air pressure into the patient, to keep the airways continuously open, and will also provide toiletries for patients on Wigan Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit.

“Wigan Hospital were the best with my dad, I can’t thank them enough, they were brilliant,” added Ben.

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