Thank You Dr Andrew Holden!

Dr Andrew HoldenOn 6th June, just 20 months after hip replacement surgery, Dr Andrew Holden cycled 100 miles along the South Downs Way to raise funds for The Rosemary Foundation. He is pictured here presenting us with a cheque for £1,300, for which we are extremely grateful.

Following his surgery Dr Holden has been cycling as a way to rehabilitate and strengthen his muscles. Prior to the ride Dr Holden told us “I have met a great bunch of similarly aged guys with whom I cycle regularly and we have now decided to do this big challenge together. We have all cycled the South Downs Way before but over 2-3 days which is an entirely different proposition to doing it in 1 day.”

On the day, Dr Holden completed the ride in an amazing 16 hours!

“As you may know I work in Petersfield as a GP: unfortunately, medicine doesn’t have all the answers and we have to accept that we all have a time to pass away. For some people this happens over  a period of time rather than suddenly and they may wish to spend those last few weeks, days or hours at home where they feel most comfortable. We do all we can at the Swan Surgery to facilitate this but it is the Rosemary Foundation that often makes this practically possible. They provide total nursing care 24/7 and I have worked with their local team many  times over the years to achieve ‘death with dignity’ for our patients at home.

“They do a great job and make a huge difference.

“This is my first sponsored event and I decided to support them by doing it. They are not a huge national organisation but a local team of dedicated staff.”

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