SLaM staff take on RideLondon
Does the idea of cycling 100 miles on the same Olympic route the professionals use fill you with excitement? Perhaps not, but witnessing the spectacle of thousands of cyclists riding through the capital and the Surrey hills in a festival atmosphere might.
RideLondon is a closed road race from the centre of London out to Box Hill in Surrey, and then back to The Mall in the capital. Two fantastic SLaM staff members took on the challenge to raise money for their workplace, so we found out more about their motivations.
Dulcie Wood, Staff Nurse
Dulcie did her nursing training at South London and Maudsley and now works there permanently. After doing one of her placements at Foxley Lane Women’s Service, an 8-bed inpatient unit for women aged 16-65 with mental illness, she has decided to take part in RideLondon to raise funds for the ‘highly valuable’ service.
‘I did a three-month clinical placement at the Foxley Lane during my training and was thoroughly inspired by the work of the nurses there. The small team work incredibly hard, doing everything from cooking the dinner to leading therapy sessions.
'Cycling is both my hobby and my means of transport. I’ve been looking for a long distance event so chose RideLondon, and the fact that I can raise money for SLaM at the same time is brilliant.
'I’ll be going solo for the ride! It’s one of the things I love about cycling. I’m looking forward to getting the hills over and done with, and the opportunity to ride in the city without traffic.
'I held a charity yard sale in July to help with my fundraising and raised £120. I’ve also been sending lots of emails to colleagues past and present, as well as family and friends.’
Richard Corrigall, Consultant Psychiatrist
Richard works within Snowsfields Adolescent Unit at the Maudsley Hospital. Snowsfields was set up by Richard in 1998 and was the first adolescent unit in the UK to make all beds available for urgent admissions, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
‘I got into road cycling three years ago, initially as a healthy way to commute to work. Since joining the London Phoenix Cycling Club in 2013, I’ve have taken my riding to a whole new level and managed to qualify for the UCI World Amateur Road Championship in Denmark later this year.
'RideLondon is 100 miles on closed roads and follows the route used for the 2012 Olympics, so I was unable to resist the challenge of taking part.
'I’ve worked for South London and Maudsley for nearly 25 years now. Although our basic service provision is covered by public funding, having a charitable fund is a vital resource for research and innovation. Without such support the world-renowned creativity of our Trust would suffer. It therefore feels very special to be investing my time and effort in helping the Charity.’
You can sign up to support South London and Maudsley in RideLondon 2016.