Ambassador Lizzie Deignan visits Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Lizzie Deignan spent the afternoon visiting patients at Leeds General Infirmary – where she was born – and Leeds Children’s Hospital in her new role as ambassador for Leeds Cares.
The charity shared with Lizzie some of the new projects and on-going appeals they’re fundraising for in 2019, which will be supported by funds raised at the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in Yorkshire this September. These include a support programme for families of neonatal babies, a new exercise and rehab programme for major trauma patients and the purchase of a world-class rehabilitation machine – the BTE primus – for patients suffering from complex limb disorders.
The Yorkshire pro-cyclist visited the neonatal wards of Leeds Children’s Hospital then moved on to the trauma centre at Leeds General Infirmary before meeting a team of anaesthetists who have all committed to ride the official sportive of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships to raise money for Leeds Cares.
Lizzie said: “It was quite an emotional return to the place where I was born as I got to see first-hand the contributions made by Leeds Cares to the wards. It’s everything from major pieces of equipment to building refurbishments. It was lovely meeting the new parents and babies on the neonatal ward, but also learning about the challenges that premature babies can bring. The projects Leeds Cares supports are life changing. Supporting families, improving access to counselling services, making the wards better – it all helps in a very real way”
CEO David Welch said “It’s been a pleasure welcoming Lizzie to Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Lizzie was actually born at the LGI just over thirty years ago and so it’s great to be showing her around the wards and the difference that charity support can make. The charity provides support in all areas of the hospital ensuring that care here isn’t just good, it can be exceptional. Lizzie has been inspiring all the riders in the upcoming 2019 UCI Road World Championships’ official sportive to get out there, get training and raise as much money as possible for Leeds Cares in the process.”
Read more about the UCI Road World Championships and how you can get involved here.