Supporters get in a spin for mums at Southmead Hospital

Thursday, 8 September 2011

A twelve hour 'Spin Bike Challenge' is being launched to raise funds for the Mum's the Word appeal at Southmead Hospital.

Organisers are calling on members of the public to take on a half hour slot in the relay event being held on Saturday 22nd October 2011 at the David Lloyd club in Westbury.

The challenge will see over fifty people taking part and attempting to keep the spin bike wheels turning from 8am until 8pm.

Head of Fundraising for the appeal Trevor Reid said, "This will be a really fun and challenging way to help raise money for a very good local cause.

"We are asking for people to cycle on the ‘spin’ bike for up to 30 minutes and then hand over to the next participant.

"We are looking for people to join us who would like to take on a personal challenge and help us transform the maternity unit at Southmead Hospital.

"The unit touches thousands of lives in and around Bristol every year and this is a great way to say thank you to the teams at the hospital."

The Mum's the Word appeal is helping to transform the maternity unit at Southmead hospital and hopes to raise over £1.5million in the next four years.

The appeal has already raised £120,000 since it was launched in the spring.

Every year 6,000 mums-to-be choose to come to Southmead hospital to have their babies.

The appeal has been launched to help improve services and care throughout the unit and create a whole host of fantastic resources specifically designed for today’s mums.

The appeal will create a new foetal medicine unit, more scanning rooms, a family room for visitors and better facilities across the wards.

If you would like to take part in the twelve hour 'Spin Bike Challenge' please call the fundraising office or email

Donations to Mum's the Word can be made online .

Cheque donations can be made out to “Mums the Word appeal” and sent to Mums the Word appeal, Fundraising office, Christopher Hancock building, Southmead hospital, Bristol, BS10 5NB.