Matt Treherne, a radiographer at Lister Hospital in Stevenage took on the JOGLE (John O’Groats to Land’s End) bike ride to raise funds for the hospital’s radiology department and two other charities – Mind and Cancer Research UK.

Matt, from Puckeridge, suffers from cyclic vomiting syndrome which leaves him bedbound and vomiting for up to 24 hours every 5-7 days, so the 1,000-mile cycle ride presented even greater physical and logistical challenges.

Matt’s ride was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic, but he was keen to do once it was permitted. 

“The reason I have decided to undertake this epic 1,000-mile ride is to raise money for charities close to my heart. There are so many worthy charities in need of support especially during this pandemic but certain events have drawn me to the following: Mind, the mental health charity; Cancer Research UK and the Lister Hospital’s radiology department, where I work.

“These last 18 months have been a particularly sad and emotional time for me so I’m taking on this challenge not just in memory of those I have lost but to share my solidarity with those of you also affected by these particular circumstances.”

Matt cycled 1,056 miles over 18 days and raised an incredible £5,710!

This money was shared between 3 charities with Cancer Research UK receiving £1,880, Mind receiving £1,910 and the Lister's radiology department receiving £1,920. Matt is pictured presenting his cheque to Dr Sebastian Chang, clinical director of radiology.

"I truly want to give a heartfelt 'thank you' to everyone involved in this enormous effort!"