A N&N staff member’s 620-mile cycle journey across Europe has raised £561 for the ward where he works.
Docking ward Healthcare Assistant Lewis Leadley set off in June from Norwich, catching the train to Harwich, and then the crossing by ferry to the Hook of Holland.
Lewis then cycled through Holland, Germany, and then through Denmark into Sweden, as far as Gothenburg.
He said: “I was able to camp most days, although I did treat myself to an Air B&B on one night and stayed in hostels whilst in cities.”
“Everything went smoothly, although on one occasion in Germany, whilst following Google Maps – I was unable to find my designated campsite. The sun had already set and so I was pushed to setup camp off the road near a field. Afterwards I discovered that wild camping is illegal in Germany, so I was lucky to avoid a large fine.”
Lewis was inspired to take on the adventure by one of his patients, a Dutch patient made the initial suggestion to cycle in Holland, and the plan grew from there.
He said: “This year marks the 250th anniversary of Norfolk having a hospital and I wanted to support the Hospital Charity to help benefit the staff.
Lewis, who rides a hybrid bike – a cross between a road and mountain bike – is now planning his next trip.
Lynn Crombie, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “We are so pleased to hear about Lewis’ fundraising journey across Europe, raising a fantastic amount which will directly benefit the ward where he works.
“It’s truly inspiring to hear about his travels and the places he was able to visit with very little beyond a bike and a tent.”
You can find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can get involved here https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/