Family bike ride raises £5,000 for north Norfolk hospital
- Credit: Archant
A family's 156-mile charity bike ride has raised more than double its target for a north Norfolk hospital.
The pedalling marathon was in memory of former long-serving Kelling Hospital medical officer Dr James Slator, who died in January this year aged 91.
Eight of his family cycled from Oxford to Holt at the weekend - re-tracing a route Dr Slator took as an impoverished medical student cycling home during college breaks.
He would sometimes a couple of days, sleeping under hedges and navigating by the stars in the early 1940s.
His family took between nine and 12½ hours - setting off in waves according to their speeds and fitness, but grouping up at Thornage for a final triumphant mass pedal to the hospital finish line.
Daughter Ann Slator, 54, said the ride was 'incredibly successful, with just one puncture between the eight of us.'
The route, via Bedford, Huntingdon, the Fens, and Swaffham, had some lovely scenery on quiet roads and they were helped by a warm and gentle tail wind.
- 1 Woman says symptom diary could 'save lives' after wait for cancer diagnosis
- 2 Barriers could block mountain bikes from north Norfolk beauty spot
- 3 Trains cancelled after lorry crashes into bridge
- 4 New book reveals how Albert Einstein's stay in Norfolk may have saved his life
- 5 People to get booster jabs sooner - but not at walk-in centres
- 6 Plan for new public loos in north Norfolk get £500,000 boost
- 7 Bereaved families' anger at No 10 staff video joking over Christmas party
- 8 Plans submitted to transform soft play area to restaurant
- 9 'We were braced for cancellations' - Hotel bosses on emergence of Omicron
- 10 Theatre director's planning bid branded 'an attempt to rewrite history'
'Cycling all together through Holt was rather special - and we had a welcoming party at the hospital,' she added.
The team had hoped to raise £2,000 for equipment at the palliative ward at Kelling - but they look set to top £5,000.
The family thanked friends and total strangers for their generous donations.
Dr Slator was initially a junior doctor at Kelling and returned to be medical officer for nearly 30 years, before retiring in 1984.
He was also a leading light in the hospital's Friends group and wrote a book on the hospital's history including its time as a tuberculosis sanitorium.
The family who did the ride were daughter Ann, 53 from Chippenham, and her brothers Richard, 64 from Surrey and David, 63, from Scotland.
They were joined by Dr Slator's grandsons Jon, Duncan and Edd, along with Ann's husband Kevin Dobson and Richard's son-in-law Simon Clegg.
Money is still be collected towards their effort. To make a donation at visit http://bit.ly/JamesSlatorMemorial or send a donation to Friends of Kelling, c/o Kelling Hospital, Holt, Norfolk clearly stating the donation is for the James Slator Memorial Challenge.