Riders give cheque to Armidale hospital

Epic trek: The riders stopping for morning tea on Tuesday as they approach the halfway mark on their 1200km bike ride to raise money for charity.

Epic trek: The riders stopping for morning tea on Tuesday as they approach the halfway mark on their 1200km bike ride to raise money for charity.

A peloton of tired, thirsty and hungry cyclists stopped off in town on Tuesday to give a big cheque to the Armidale Hospital. 

The riders are travelling 1200km in six days from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney to raise money for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Children’s Health Foundation. 

The team of 25 riders also enjoyed the generosity of the Armidale Servies Club which provided a complimentary dinner on Tuesday evening.

With the money raised for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the 1200kms for Kids bike riders presented Armidale Rural Referral Hospital’s Nursing Unit Manager Jaclyn Burt with a Broselow Paediatric Colour Code Cart valued at $5,240 for the hospital’s operating theatres.

The cart is a mobile and colour-coded with each drawer containing all of the resuscitation equipment needed for babies and children in a specific length and weight range.

Use of the cart allows faster, easier and more accurate selection of equipment in cases of paediatric arrest. 

The 1200km’s for kids founder Trevelyan Bale said it was always a pleasure to donate to worthy recipients such as the hospital. 

“In a nutshell that is why we do this ride, and it’s good for the riders to see the good that they do,” Mr Bale said.

Unit nurse Jaclyn Burt said they were very grateful for the donation.

“This will give us a lot more scope to have it universally over the whole of the hospital,” she said.

Registered theatre nurse at the Armidale hospital, Amanda Havenhand said it was a great initiative and the generous donations were always put to excellent use.

“These guys do a great job for contributing medical equipment for children which sometimes can save their lives,” Ms Havenhand said.

“It’s an initiative that standerdises the equipment around the hospital.

“We’ve now got three of these trolleys that the Humpty Dumpty Foundation has given to us.

“It improves the whole safety standard,” she said.

To donate to the 1200kms kids charity bike ride visit their website at www.1200kmsforkids.com.

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