Chain Reaction as Colten Care Duo Complete Cycling Challenge

ChallengeSenior staff from a South Coast care home company helped create a chain reaction when they took part in a marathon day-long cycle ride.

Tim Wookey, Colten Care’s Director of Marketing and Companionship, and Gill Holland, Clinical Lead at Colten Care’s Abbey View home in Sherborne, Dorset, were among a nine-strong team raising money for the Sepsis Trust.

The group cycled a total of 106 miles between three Somerset hospitals, beginning and ending at Yeovil Hospital.

Other members of the team included Yeovil Hospital Chief Executive Jonathan Higman and non-executive director Graham Hughes as well as physiotherapists, intensive care nurses and training officers.

Tim said: “It was a great ride and the support we received was amazing, particularly at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, where we were welcomed with homemade cakes, and Weston General Hospital.

“Our Abbey View home at Sherborne has a lot of dealings with Yeovil Hospital so it was good to have the chance to ride with some of the amazing staff who work there.”

The Cycle4Sepsis challenge took 11 hours, including breaks, and raised more than £800 for the Sepsis Trust.

It was Yeovil Hospital’s fourth year taking part in the challenge after previous routes to London and Cardiff.

Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) can result in organ failure and death. It can be successfully treated with antibiotics with early diagnosis.

Each year it is estimated more than 100,000 people in the UK are admitted to hospital with sepsis and around 44,000 people die annually as a result of the condition. The figure includes 25,000 children.