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Yorkshire nurses to pedal to Paris for new children’s scanner

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Two specialist nurses from a hospital in Bradford are set to take on a “bike ride of a lifetime” to help raise money to buy a new scanner for young patients.

Clinical nurse specialists, Catherine Grasby and Jennifer Gould from children’s outpatients at St Luke’s Hospital, are preparing to pedal from London to Paris with hopes of raising £3,200.

“Our children’s rheumatology team  would love a portable ultrasound scanner as it would enable the team to have an extra diagnostic tool”

Catherine Grasby


The money will be raised for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity – the official NHS charity partner of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – and will go towards purchasing a portable ultrasound scanner for the children’s outpatient department.

Ms Grasby, who has worked as a children’s rheumatology clinical nurse specialist for nine years, explained that despite the “excellent service” the department provides for its children, it is always “striving” to do more.

“Our children’s rheumatology team at St Luke’s Hospital would love a portable ultrasound scanner, as it would enable the team to have an extra diagnostic tool which could assist in a quicker diagnosis, leading to earlier treatment and therefore a better long-term outcome,” she said.

Described by the trust as a “bike ride of a lifetime”, the pair of nurses will set off in July and are due to arrive in the French capital on July 28 – the same day as the Tour de France ends.

Ms Grasby said: “The children and young people I care for face a daily battle with pain, whereas mine will be temporary.”

“They will be my motivation to keep going when I am struggling, as I see their battles on a daily basis and they are a constant inspiration to me,” she added.

 “I am taking on this challenge to raise money so we can have support and additional equipment to allow us to provide the very best treatment, care and service possible”

Jennifer Gould

Her cycling partner and paediatric surgical nurse specialist, Ms Gould, highlighted the importance of providing children and their families with the “best possible experience”.

She said: “I am taking on this challenge to raise money for our hospital charity, which is close to our hearts, so we can have support and additional equipment to allow us to provide the very best treatment, care and service possible.”

Hayley Collis, head of fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “Our charity is dedicated to ensuring patients and their families receive the very best treatment and care.”

“Our staff expect nothing less than the best,” she noted. “This is why we are committed to providing equipment which is often over and above what the NHS funds, because we want to improve outcomes.”

“We wish Catherine and Jennifer ‘bon chance’ as they cycle their way to fundraising success,” she added.

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