- Cambridgeshire physio to ride more than 4000 miles for Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Andrew Powell will ride from East to West in America
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Cambridgeshire rugby physiotherapist Andrew Powell is to swap the treatment couch for the open road in a tough charity cycling challenge across the USA to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Powell provides physio support for Cambridgeshire’s youth and senior squads, and has also worked with the Eastern Counties youth team and the Northampton Saints development groups at Culford and Bury rugby clubs.
On February 8, 2010 he will be flying out to the USA to cycle a potentially punishing and saddle-sore 4,262 miles from the east coast to the west. "I start in Yorktown, Virginia and will pass through Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and finish in Oregon," said Powell.
"I intend to camp for most of my trip but, like Bear Grylls, I suspect I might have a night or two in a motel.
"I'm cycling to raise money for Great Ormond Street Charity, which raises money to enable Great Ormond Street Hospital to provide world-class care for its young patients and their families, and to pioneer new treatments and cures for childhood illness."
All money raised goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital, as Andrew is paying for his flights, accommodation, food and equipment.
For details of his route go to http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/transamerica.cfm and to donate go to http://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Powell
Nigel Jones, chair of Eastern Counties’ 7-18 Group, said: "Every one in Cambridgeshire and Eastern Counties rugby wishes Andrew a safe and enjoyable adventure on a journey that will be a life changing experience.
"Andrew has provided physio support to youth players in Cambridgeshire and Eastern Counties for some years, and his light touch and easy humour has helped many a forlorn player deal with his injury. Not content with dealing with the injury on the playing field, he has often gone into the local hospital Addenbrooke’s in his own time to check up on a player’s progress and offer physio support to help with the recovery."