MILES FOR MELANIE AND NUTRIBIKERS: NIGHTINGALE CENTRE TEAMS TAKE ON RIDELONDON

Two teams from The Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital are gearing up to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling challenge, to raise funds for Prevent Breast Cancer!

The teams – research dietitians, radiologists and anaesthetists – work closely with us, and jumped at the chance to offer their support to us.

The team of research dietitians – known as NutriBikers – are keen to give back to the charity, as it funds many of their studies. Michelle Harvie and Kath Sellers will be taking on the RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge, whilst Mary Pegington, Cheryl Lombardelli and Sarah McDiarmid will be taking part in the 46-mile ride.

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Michelle Harvie, lead dietitian, said: “We work on studies that look at the links between diet and lifestyle and breast cancer, and Prevent Breast Cancer funds many of them. We’re seeing the challenge as a way to give something back, but also an opportunity for us to do something as a team and get fitter in the process!

“We all have a lot of experience in working with women who have been affected by breast cancer, so we know the devastating effects of the disease. Prevent are a great charity doing vital work to prevent women from having to go through this.”

The team of 36 doctors from Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust are taking part in the challenge, as team Miles for Melanie, in memory of their colleague Melanie Osborne, who sadly passed away in 2018. Melanie, was a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester.

Miles for Melanie Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Prevent Breast Cancer Charity UK

Adam Dobson, who worked alongside Melanie as an anaesthetist at Wythenshawe Hospital, recognised the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey challenge as a way to bring the different departments and specialities together across the hospitals of central and south Manchester to raise money for the charity, and remember their colleague Melanie. His brother, Mike, is a breast radiologist in the region, and will also be taking part.

Melanie’s close friend and colleague, Sarah Wheatly, knew Melanie for almost 30 years, having trained as anaesthetists together. Following Melanie’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2011, Sarah was also diagnosed in 2013, undergoing the same surgery and initial treatment. Sarah will be taking on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in memory of Melanie.

Jeremy Osborne, Melanie’s brother, will also be joining the team to take part in the challenge. It is a cause particularly close to Jeremy’s heart, as their mother sadly passed away from cancer during Melanie’s treatment, and Jeremy’s wide, Michele, was diagnosed with stage IIII breast cancer earlier this year.

He said: “My sister’s colleagues chose to take part in this event as a way to create a legacy for her, and I thought I’d join them and be part of that effort. Cancer has had a significant impact on my life, and I have seen first-hand the devastation that it causes. The work that Prevent Breast Cancer does is vital, and I am glad to be participating in something that will take us one step closer to creating a future free from the disease.”

We’re incredibly grateful to both teams for signing up to raise money for Prevent and can’t wait to ride alongside them!

If you would like to donate to team NutriBikers, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=NutriBikersPedallingforPrevent&isTeam=true

To donate to Miles for Melanie, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=6728&charityId=0