Pedalling to Paris for children's hospital

November 02 2016

A NURSE who has witnessed first hand how fundraising helps support the NHS is planning to cycle to Paris to help children with head injuries.


A NURSE who has witnessed first hand how fundraising helps support the NHS is planning to cycle to Paris to help children with head injuries.

Mum-of-two Tracey Arthur, a senior staff nurse at Bristol's oncology centre, is gearing up for the gruelling 430km ride in aid of the Above and Beyond charity.

The charity supports all of the city's hospitals including the BRI, St Michael's, Bristol Dental Hospital and the Heart Institute.

Tracey, 48, plans to raise £1,500 towards the charity's target of £100,000 to make improvements at the major trauma and neurorehabilitation unit at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Donations will benefit hundreds of children across the South West who are suffering from traumatic brain injuries, brain tumours, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. 

"Children can be in the unit for quite a while and sometimes their journey can be a difficult one," said Tracey, who has worked at Bristol's oncology unit for 18 years.

"When children have had a major trauma affecting the brain often they have to relearn things. They want to build a rehabilitation kitchen to help children relearn basic skills. They also want a garden so families can go there to have quiet time together. At the moment the unit is very outdated and not a very stimulating environment for children."

Tracey said the Above and Beyond charity was a cause very close to her heart: "My son was admitted to Bristol Children's Hospital when he was a baby so I know how vital a service it provides.

"I've been very fortunate working in the oncology and haematology unit because I've been able to see what benefits the Above and Beyond charity can offer to patients and their families. The NHS can provide a lot of things but there isn't a bottomless pit of money there so it's important to support the charity which supports the NHS."

Joined by her friend, fellow Fishponds resident Andrea Butcher-Wood, Tracey embarks on her epic journey on April 28, cycling 95km from Bristol to Salisbury. She will then travel 80km from Salisbury to Portsmouth before catching an overnight ferry crossing.

Once in France, she will go from Caen to Evreux (140km) before cycling another 120km to the French capital.

Tracey is no stranger to crazy challenges - over the years she has raised around £5,000 for Above and Beyond, taking part in various fundraisers including skydives.

"I enjoy cycling but am the moment I cycle to work and that's as far as I go so it's going to be a massive challenge for me. It will involve a lot of training but that gives me a real buzz. I like to give myself a challenge!"

As if that wasn't enough, Tracey is planning a series of mini events to supplement her cycle ride which you can read more about on the left.

She has set up a fundraising web page, Facebook page and has a successful cake sale under her belt. She has already raised around £1,000.

"I've been really lucky so far although I have dragged all my family into it! The least I'd like to raise is £1,500 but really I'd love to raise a couple of thousand. I'd be over the moon if I could achieve that."

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Tracey's fundraising schedule for Above and Beyond

November 7- December 3

Cash for Clothes - if you have any unwanted clothes, bedding, shoes or household items you can email Tracey ( to arrange a collection time and these items will be sent off to be recycled 

November 19

Bag packing and bucket collection at Morrison’s in  Fishponds 

November 25-28

Trash for Cash - do you have any unwanted metal scrap? This can include old pots and pans, metal items, wiring, cooper, bikes and any other metals. If you do then email to arrange a dump time

November 28-December 18

Christmas wrapping - hate wrapping all those presents at Christmas? Don’t despair Tracey  will do it for you in exchange for a donation no matter how big or small. Drop her an email ( to arrange a date suitable for you

December 13, 10.30am-3pm

Christmas cake sale -  pop along to the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Horfield Road, Bristol, BS2 8ED for some home-baked cakes

If you have any ideas or opportunities for Tracey to hit her fundraising total, or to find out more, email