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A 16-strong team of therapists who work on a Stroke Unit, at Crewe-based Leighton Hospital, are revving up for a gruelling 24-hour static bike ride challenge to raise funds for a specialist piece of rehabilitation kit.

The event, which will take place over two days starting on Thursday 11 July, is part of the team’s ongoing fundraising activities to raise almost £9,000 for a MOTOmed exercise bike.

The kit is a specialised seated arm and leg bike designed for rehabilitation and provides interactive therapy using games and apps built into the bike to enable individual or group bespoke sessions for people who have recently suffered a stroke.

Natalie Sharp, Therapy Team Manager said:

“I take immense pride that the Stroke Therapy Team are aiming to raise money to support the purchase of a MOTOmed interactive cycle to enhance the recovery of stroke patients at Leighton Hospital.

“The Stroke Therapy Team are an extremely dedicated group of professionals who are now taking on the challenge of a 24-hour, non-stop static cycle. Keeping patients active throughout the day and engaged in rehabilitation is essential for their care. This challenge will raise vital funds to help provide this state-of-the-art equipment.”

Emma Robertson, Head of MCH Charity said:

“This team are a perfect example of NHS staff going over and above to do more to enhance the care and experience of their patients.

“When they approached us to tell us about the MOTOmed we knew we wanted to support the request and we’re delighted that the team are doing this challenge to help raise the money needed.

“We’re hoping that the team will receive lots of support both from colleagues across the Trust and from our local communities during the event and would encourage anyone who can help by donating to get in touch with us, or to visit the team’s online giving page. We must also thank our friends over at Pure Gym, Crewe who have loaned us the two bikes for the challenge, we’re so grateful for their support.”

The team are no strangers to setting themselves difficult challenges having already taken on and completed the 20 mile Peak District Edale Skyline trek challenge back in 2022 which raised almost £3,000 for the kit.

If you would like to make a donation in support of the team you can contact the charity team or visit the therapists’ Give As You Live at: 


MCH Charity is a registered charity that manages all money raised for, or donated to, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary, Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre, Winsford. The Trust is also part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), a unique local health partnership that provides a range of community health services for people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

MCH Charity supports patients, their relatives and friends, staff and local businesses and organisations to raise money for the charity. All the money we raise is spent to enhance and improve the care and experience that people receive when using Trust services. We purchase state-of-the-art equipment, additional comforts and fund the Trust’s Arts Programme.

The charity works closely with the Trust to make sure that all specialities are supported to spend every penny of the money raised on items that will directly improve patient care.

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