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Cycle industry worker rides 2,020km over 30 consecutive days to raise money for charity

Joseph Delves
29 Jun 2020

Saved by Royal Stoke Hospital, Michelle Vorel-Adams had suffered a potentially fatal deep vein thrombosis

As a former Head of Sport, Culture and Economic Development at Stoke City Council and current UK & Ireland President of the European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation, Michelle Vorel-Adams has spent much of her career encouraging others to get active.

At the same time, her work with Sweetspot – organiser of the Tour of Britain, Tour Series programme of city centre races and the Women’s Tour – has helped bring racing to the roads of the UK.

However, having passed out following stomach pains last year, Vorel-Adams was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with life-threatening deep vein thrombosis. A type of obstructive blood clot deep within the body, had the doctors at Royal Stoke Hospital failed to discover it, the consequences could have been fatal.

In the immediate aftermath, Vorel-Adams was struggling to walk 100 metres unaided, so cycling was off the agenda. However, following early rehabilitation, she decided the best way to rebuild both her health and confidence would be to get back on the bike.

After building up some initial distance, she decided to cycle 2,020km over 30 consecutive days during May and June to raise money for Royal Stoke Hospital.

'I’ve been a keen cyclist for the past 15 years, and having worked with the organiser of the Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour events for a decade, I’ve always been aware of the benefits of cycling,' Vorel-Adams explained. 'In my lengthy recovery, cycling has been central to my physical health improvements but also vital for my psychological wellbeing too.'

Along with her partner Phil Fortun, she created the 'RIDE2020UK' challenge. Recently completed, this saw both ride 2,020km over 30 days to raise £2,020 for the hospital that helped save her life.

At a time when many people will be feeling particularly indebted to the NHS, the pair have since exceeded this initial target.

If you fancy chipping in you can find more details here.

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