35 year Celebration with Hart Brown 35k Cycle Ride
2020 - date postponed due to Covid-19
Hart Brown LLP has organised a great cycle ride around Surrey covering 35K with Headway Surrey's Patron, ex-World Champion Anthony Doyle MBE to celebrate Headway Surrey's 35 years (registered charity 1046863).
Taking part in the ride will be employees of Hart Brown and you are encouraged to join in. Riders receive special vests and medals from Hart Brown. There is a special prize for the Best Fundraiser for raising the highest amount.
To take part, claim your vest and medal, you must register in advance, please email Zoe Quinney ZLQ@hartbrown.co.uk
Enquiries about Headway Surrey's services, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every entrant must pledge to raise sponsorship for Headway Surrey.
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On the day:
- Registration 9.30am
- Staggered starts from 10am
- Distance 35K
- Expected finish before 1pm, depending on your speed and start time.
- Headway Surrey will provide teas, coffees, water, homemade cakes and savouries before, during and after for donations.
- Start and finish at Hart Brown LLP, Resolution House, Riverview, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4UX (limited parking on site)
Celebrate 35 years of Headway Surrey, supporting adults in Surrey with acquired brain injury and their families, with Headway Surrey Patron, Anthony Doyle MBE, who was also the World Pursuit Champion in 1980 and 1986 and a British team professional cyclist 1980 - 1995.
Tony received his MBE for services to cycling in 1989. Also in the same year, 1989 he suffered from a serious head injury and multiple fractures at the Munich Six Day Race.
Tony's Head Injury Story 1989
“That was in Munich, the Russian rider, Ganeev cut across me and took me down – it was a terrible crash. I had brain trauma, but I don’t think people realise how serious that crash really was.
“I was in a coma with multiple fractures and the first aid people dropped me off the stretcher – when I got to hospital they gave me the last rites.
“But I was young and super fit, so I had a better chance than most. “I was in a coma for ten days and for ten weeks after that I had no memory – then it was another ten weeks before I could walk or speak and do things like use a knife and fork.
“I pulled through – even though I didn’t think it was possible.
“As I was coming towards the end of my recovery, I went to see a neurologist in Harley Street for a final assessment. “‘You must know that chap, Tony Doyle?’ he said to me – on my files it said Anthony Paul Doyle MBE – ‘I had to go and see him twice whilst he was in hospital?’
“When I told him that was me, he couldn’t believe it; he said that no one could make such a recovery from those injuries – he reckoned it was a miracle.
“I went back to Munich one year after the crash – and won it; I’d place that as my greatest achievement on the bike, above winning the world titles. The doctors and nurses in the hospital in Munich had looked after me so well that I went back to see them, to say, ‘thank you.’
“The nurses recognised my wife, but not me, they said; ‘that’s really nice that you’ve come all the way from London to see us.’ "When I said that I was there for the Six Day, they thought I meant to spectate – when I said I was there to ride, they didn’t believe it. “In the end I got them all tickets for the final night.”
Tony's story of recovery is inspirational and he credits Headway Surrey for the dedication and work that they do. He visits Headway Surrey on a regular basis to give inspiration talks to the clients who attend the centre to motivate them on their journey of recovery and takes part in fundraising activities.
Headway Surrey has helped many cyclists on their journey of rehabilitation and supported their families through a very tough and traumatic time.
Key cycle helmet facts
- Pedal cyclists account for 6% of total road deaths in 2016, up by 2% from the previous year (Dept for Transport)
- 77% of cyclist casualties in 2016 occurred on a 30mph road (Dept for Transport).
- An international study led by the University of New South Wales, found that wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of a fatal head injury by 65%, serious head injury by 69%, general head injury by 51% and facial injury by 33%.
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