Consultant’s ride for charity

DGH consultant, Graham Watson on his ride from Eastbourne to Brighton
DGH consultant, Graham Watson on his ride from Eastbourne to Brighton

A CONSULTANT at Eastbourne District General Hospital has organised two bike rides to raise money for charity.

Graham Watson, pictured, a consultant urologist at the DGH, held the first earlier this month which was a cross country ride from Eastbourne to Brighton.

The second will be a bike ride to Cooden by road on February 5.

Both are to raise money for the MediTech Trust and the rides are part of an initiative called Stonebusters.

Mr Watson is taking four trainees to Sri Lanka to treat more than 30 patients with stone disease, a degeneration of the eye.

The group also train local surgeons and the money will raised from the bike rides will help buy necessary kit for the doctors to use.

Bob Lewis from Meditech said the first ride went well.

He said, “Led by Graham Watson, 15 supporters cycled off at 10.30am Sunday morning in bright sunshine though the weather was cold.

“Following the South Downs Way through Jevington, Alfriston and across the Downs, they arrived at the Abergavenny Arms at Rodmell in time to thaw out and for welcome refreshments.

“After a short lunch they climbed the torturous route back to the top of the Downs knowing they would ultimately past Brighton Racecourse before descending back into civilisation mid-afternoon.

“Exhausted but happy, each rider’s effort was not in vain as donations totalling several hundred pounds have been received.

“The trustees’ admiration goes to those who rode and grateful thanks also go to the many residents who kindly sponsored them.”