Dame Sarah’s hospital visit

Disley paralympian Sarah Storey visited Macclesfield District General Hospital on Friday to hand out medals to fundraisers. Photo contributed.
Disley paralympian Sarah Storey visited Macclesfield District General Hospital on Friday to hand out medals to fundraisers. Photo contributed.
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High Peak Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey met with patients and staff at Macclesfield District General Hospital last week to congratulate them on their charity fundraising.

Cyclist Dame Sarah, who scooped four gold medals at the London 2012 games, visited the Neuro Gym which treats people living with conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Cerebral Palsy.

She also presented 15 patients with medals and certificates for their hard work supporting ECT Senior Neuro-Physiotherapist Debra Rowarth, who raised more than £2,000 for charity by taking part in a 100-mile cycling challenge. Debra was supported by a group of patients - the youngest just five years old - who also took up the challenge to cycle 100 miles using exercise bikes.

The money will be used to buy new equipment for the gym – including a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) cycling system – making the Neuro Gym one of the first centres in the country to offer this type of equipment outside of specialist spinal units.

Dame Sarah said: “It is inspiring for me to see how many people took up the challenge and supported Debra’s fundraising. I’m sure it was tough for Debra and her patients – but it also shows how much fun cycling can be and I’d encourage everyone to get on their bike and give it a go for themselves.”