Doctors to get blood pumping in charity ride

SIX mile-munching medics are preparing to take part in a ride along some of the North’s most challenging roads in a bid to fund a publicly-accessible defibrillator.

The team from Conisbrough Group Practice, on Gardens Lane, Conisbrough, will swap the surgery for the saddle to take part in the Wiggle Peak District Punisher cycling sportif in the Peak District on Sunday.

Doctors David Coleman, Mark Boon and Benjamin Jackson will tackle a gruelling 77-mile loop from Buxton - taking in the notorious Winnats Pass climb, at Castleton - on their route.

Fellow doctors from the practice Manisha Kacker, James Gray and Cayetano Rebora will tackle a 37-mile route, meanwhile.

The team are taking part in the event as part of a bid to fund the £1,800 purchase of a defibrillator which can be used by members of the public - in the event of an emergency - at any time.

Dr Coleman said: “This all started when the team up at Conisbrough Castle enquired as to whether we had a defibrillator which their visitors could use in the event of an emergency.

“The quick answer was yes, but it’s inside the day surgery and only available during our opening hours.

“What we want to fund is a device that can be attached to the outside of the building in a special cabinet that can be unlocked by a member of the public when they get a code from an emergency call operator.”

Dr Coleman added: “These publicly available devices are becoming more common but, at the moment, I’m not aware that there is one anywhere in Conisbrough.

“A quick shock can improve someone’s chances of survival hugely in certain situations.”