Hucknall man’s charity cycle sportive for QMC helipad really takes off

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The first Trent Valley Sportive, organised by Hucknall man Richard Harley, could become a regular event.

Former pro-cyclist Richard, of Papplewick Lane, and his wife Jill, organised the cycling event to raise money for the QMC hospital’s helipad appeal.

The event saw cyclists doing one, two or three laps of a course in and around the Southwell area, starting and finishing at Manor Farm Tea Shoppe at Bleasby.

Richard said: “Many thanks to everyone for a fantastic day raising money for a fantastic cause.

“To all those who took part and all those who donated, thank you. I am touched beyond belief for people’s kindness. Everyone wants us to do it again, which is we are looking at.”

Alison Bingham, Bulwell Academy’s Director of Business and enterprise, took part.

She said: “We really enjoyed the challenge of the bike ride and it took us through parts of the beautiful countryside which we hadn’t seen before.

“Everyone was really friendly and it was great to be part of this special fundraising activity.”

Writing on micro-blogging site Twitter, major trauma surgeon Adam Brooks wrote: “100 completed raising £ for helipad @EastMidsMTC major trauma centre. Thanks to all who supported. @NUHCharity.

Clare Barnett, marketing manager at Nottinghamshire chartered accountants Hewitt Card, wrote: “My first ever sportive, done. Great organisation, great venue and great cake.”

The QMC relies on the Air Ambulance to transport critically-ill patients to its trauma unit.

A helipad at the unit itself would cut the time it takes to transfer patients from the helicopter to the opertaing theatre.