A GROUP of NHS staff from across Lancashire and Cumbria will cycle coast to coast for charity next month.

On the morning of 15 June they will gather on the promenade in Morecambe, to set off on the 170 mile Way of the Roses route which will take them to Bridlington on Yorkshire's east coast.

The party will be made up of staff members from the Furness General Hospital / Westmorland General / Royal Lancaster Infirmary / University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust’s (UHMBT’s) Oral and Maxillofacial department. They are raising money for new surgical equipment, and are hoping to generate enough to purchase a Cone Beam CT machine - a scanner which will allow consultants on the Maxillofacial Department to provide patients with a more accurate assessment of trauma and cancer. The machine also gives a more accurate three-dimensional image of dental and facial deformity cases.

Miles Duncan, consultant maxillofacial surgeon at UHMBT, said: "Our sponsored cycle ride was dreamt up by me and my colleague, Nick Hampton, who is an associate maxillofacial specialist at the hospital, when we were on a course together last year.

"We came up with the idea of putting on a 'big fundraising event' to try and fundraise as a team to source either new surgical maxillofacial equipment, or if we reach our target, a new Cone Beam CT Machine for the department."

He added: "If there any local businesses or local entrepeneurs out there who may be able to sponsor the event and help us reach our target, we'd also love to hear from you!"

Hilary Freedman, who works as a clerical officer on the maxillofacial department, said: "I think the sponsored cycle ride is a brilliant idea and I'm very impressed with Miles and Nick for organising this.

"I am 71 years young and a fair-weathered, but enthusiastic, cycling enthusiast and I am hoping I can manage anything between 10 and 15 miles a day, but will attempt to cycle as much of the route as possible."

Visit www.justgiving.com/maxfacbigbikeride to donate.