Sheffield medics’ team effort

Nick Morley, Shane Bytheway, Harry Baines, Josh Wright and Eddie Hampton
Nick Morley, Shane Bytheway, Harry Baines, Josh Wright and Eddie Hampton

A trio of Sheffield medics are saddling up alongside patients to tackle a 100-mile charity bike ride.

Consultant haematologists Josh Wright, Nick Morley and Eddie Hampton, from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, will be joined by two cancer patients, Harry Baines and Shane Bytheway, on the RideLondon to Surrey amateur race.

The team will be raising money for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity, supporting other people undergoing treatment for cancer.

Shane, aged 27, who works as a manufacturing operative, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma five years ago.

After undergoing chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant he is now back to fitness and in training for the cycling event on August 10.

“I’ve been in training for about three months and just managed to cycle 50 miles in one session, so my fitness is steadily improving,” said Shane, from Chesterfield.

Meanwhile charity worker Harry, 24, was also diagnosed in 2009 with follicular lymphoma, after moving to Sheffield to study at Hallam University.

He has undergone two courses of radiotherapy and is now awaiting the all-clear.

Harry said: “I am very grateful for a chance to put something back into such a worthy charity that will help other local patients.”

Josh said a big refurbishment of the haematology wards is about to get under way, adding: “This gives us a great opportunity to support our own unit and all of our haematology patients.”

Recent projects by the charity for cancer patients include funding a specialist nurse and clinical psychologist, and providing two flats for people who have to travel long distances for treatment.