On his bike for Bristol hospital charity - Derrick prepares for Paris challenge

June 24 2019
On his bike for Bristol hospital charity - Derrick prepares for Paris challenge

Derrick Hefter is preparing to cycle more than 300 miles for this year’s Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge for charity Above & Beyond.

It is the latest in a series of challenges he has set himself to help others.

Derrick works as a full-time GP Practice Pharmacist for Greenway Community Practice and Monks Park Surgery and also occasionally works in community pharmacies work, including Well Pharmacy in Lodge Causeway.

His previous charity endeavours have included taking three months off work to be a volunteer project manager for Raleigh International, building a kindergarten in a remote region of Costa Rica which was a seven-hour walk from the nearest road and had no electricity.

Derrick said: “I like to set myself a challenge. This one is for a great cause and will be fun! It also helps that I love cycling and being outdoors.”

Derrick has no personal connection to Above & Beyond but as someone who works in the NHS knows about its valuable work.

Above & Beyond raises money to pay for equipment and facilities at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Heart Institute, Children’s Hospital, St Michael’s and other city centre hospitals.

Its current projects include an appeal to raise more than £1.5 million to refurbish Ward D603 at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, where patients undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment are cared for. The ward has not been updated since the 1970s.

Derrick is hoping to raise more than £2,000 for Above & Beyond’s general fund, where it can be used in the area of greatest need, and so far he has raised more than half of his target.

The Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge takes place from September 11 to 15 and aims to raise £150,000 for Above & Beyond. So far, 50 cyclists have signed up. They will cycle from the city via Andover, Portsmouth, Le Havre and Gournay-en-Bray to the French capital.

Derrick has already held a bucket collection at the Galleries shopping centre, above, raising more than £230, and is also planning a car boot sale to boost his total. You can donate online via Derrick’s fundraising page.

To find out more about Above & Beyond visit the charity's webpage.