Retired surgeon to cycle from John O'Groats to Land's End for Southmead

Retired Bristol orthopaedic surgeon Alan Gibson is to cycle over 1,000 miles from one end of Great Britain to the other to raise money for the Charity’s Guy Jordan Fund.

Alan Gibson, 70, of Westbury on Trym, retired from Southmead Hospital 3 years ago. He is setting off on his cycling challenge on 21 May and will retrace the steps he took when he first cycled the route from the top of Scotland to the end of Cornwall when he was 16 - 54 years ago.

“When I first did the route when I was 16 it took me 3 weeks,” explains Alan. “It might take me a bit longer this time! I’m aiming to cycle 50 miles a day but will take the more picturesque routes."

Alan first started working at Southmead Hospital in 1973 having studied medicine at Bristol University. He is raising money for our Guy Jordan Fund which supports theatres, the Emergency Department and Intensive Care unit at Southmead Hospital. The fund was set up in memory of Dr Guy Jordan, a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care medicine at Southmead. Guy was an experienced cyclist who was sadly killed in a collision with an oil tanker in November 2013.

“I worked with Guy Jordan across the operating table on a number of occasions and am honoured to be able to raise money for the Charity’s Fund in his memory.” Adds Alan.

Guy’s brother Ben Jordan adds: “The long term aim of the fund is to make a real impact on emergency and critical care services. We want to fund the purchase of state-of-the art training equipment, advanced medical kit and additional patient services. Alan is taking on an amazing challenge for us and we’re very grateful for his support. Fundraisers like him make all the difference."

Alan has another reason for supporting our Charity.  In 2004 he received trauma care at Frenchay Hospital, when he had a para-motoring accident and sustained a fracture-dislocation of his neck. He will always be grateful to the medical team which literally screwed him back together, and that he is still able to have a full and active life.

Alan is hoping to raise £2,000. His fundraising page can be found here: https://southmeadhospitalcharityfundraise.everydayhero.com/uk/alan  Find out more about the Guy Jordan Fund here

(photo caption: Alan (left) is pictured with Ben Jordan at Southmead Hospital)

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