HHFT staff will pile on the pedal power for Ark Day and in memory of Hazel

HHFT staff are gearing up to pile on the pedal power for Ark Day and to honour the memory of a much-loved friend and colleague.

On Friday, June 21, members of the HHFT infection prevention and control team and friends will be cycling 237 miles on two static bikes that will be in the main reception area at Basingstoke hospital.

The ride will see the cyclists travel from Basingstoke to Hayle in Cornwall – the home town of Hazel Gray, the popular lead infection prevention and control nurse who passed away after battling cancer in March 2018.

The ‘Pedalling4Pounds 2019’ riders are raising money in Hazel’s memory and to support Ark Day – the 24-hour fundraising drive pulling in the pounds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5million appeal that will help fund the new HHFT cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital.

Tanya Matthews, infection prevention and control nurse, is one of the driving forces behind ‘Pedalling4Pounds 2019’ and she will also be one of the first two riders to get the pedals turning at 8.30am on June 21.

Tanya said: “We are delighted to take part in this fundraising event in memory of Hazel and to support Ark Day, and it would be great to see lots of HHFT colleagues coming to support us on the day.”

Hazel’s husband David, who is an Ark Cancer Centre Charity supporter and a member of Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir, will be among the volunteers collecting donations on the day. People can also support the fundraisers by donating through the JustGiving page at http://pedalling4pounds.co.uk

Merv Rees, HHFT liver cancer surgeon and Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee, said: “Thank you to Tanya and the team for organising the Ark Day static bike ride. This is a great way for HHFT colleagues to support Ark Day, and it is also a lovely memorial tribute to Hazel, who was a supporter of the Ark charity and the cancer treatment centre campaign.”

Picture caption: A poster publicising the ‘Pedalling4Pounds 2019’ Ark Day ride.