NHS executive to cycle 220 miles across Britain for Health Stars

An NHS executive is to cycle 220 miles across Britain to raise £1,000 for charity.

Teresa Cope, Chief Operating Officer at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, will complete the coast-to-coast ride for the Trust’s charity, Health Stars, during the summer.

“I really enjoy cycling and it will give me a challenging goal to aim for,” she said.

“I got a brand new bike for Christmas and this will be an ideal opportunity to put it to the test.”

Teresa will complete the Trans-Pennine Trail from 2 to 4 September, beginning in Southport, Lancashire, and ending in Hornsea, East Riding – on the Trust’s patch.

She will finish her journey at Granville Court, the Trust’s home for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Teresa hopes sponsorship for her ride will raise £1,000 which Health Stars can use to improve the home’s outdoor environment.

It is likely she will hit her target because she has cycled across Britain before, riding from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, to Tynemouth, in Tyne and Wear, in 2013 and 2014.

Despite her experience, Teresa knows she must train hard if she is to complete her hat-trick.

“What I will aim to do is get to the point where I am riding about 150 miles a week over two to three days,” she said.

Teresa, who will complete the ride with her husband, George, is pleased their two overnight breaks will be spent in comfortable surroundings.

“The first time I did the coast-to-coast ride was in a big group,” she said. “It was okay but we stayed in stable blocks, youth hostels and bunk houses in the middle of nowhere. That was the worst bit.

“The second time I did it we booked into B&Bs, which was a bit more civilised.

“This time, once again, we will book into hotels so that we get a bit of luxury at the end of the day.”

Jenny Preston, Health Stars’ Charity Manager, said the charity was delighted Teresa had chosen to support Health Stars.

“Granville Court’s garden has lots of potential to become more accessible for its residents and their families,” she said.

“We are looking forward to working with local businesses to turn this unloved area into a therapeutic garden.”

Jenny said Health Stars was planning to hold a fete to celebrate Teresa’s arrival in Hornsea.

To sponsor Teresa please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/TeresaCope