Retired doctor cycles across Canada in fundraising effort

A retired clinical scientist from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals has cycled solo across Canada in order to raise money for Leeds Cares, the charity partner of the hospital.

Dr Mike Bosomworth has completed his epic 4,000-mile bike ride, cycling coast-to-coast from Vancouver on the West Coast to Moisie in the Bay of St Lawrence on the East.

His journey has taken a total of 49 days and despite having precarious weather conditions and interactions with less than friendly local wildlife, Mike was determined to finish. His cycling efforts are all for Leeds Cares and in particular, in aid of brain research.

On his Virgin Giving page Mike says “Dementia and brain disorders have featured in my family in recent times and as the population ages these will become more common. Research in to the causes of brain disease is therefore critically important”.

Mike is hoping to raise £5,000 to go to brain research projects. This is on top of the £16,000 he already raised in 2015 after cycling across the United States. As he turned 65 this year, Mike believes this will be his last solo cycling effort for charity.

Sharon Link, Head of Fundraising at Leeds Cares, said the whole team was cheering Mike on: “Dr Bosomworth has done amazing fundraising challenges in the past and this one is no different. We’ve all been following his efforts on social media and were willing him all the way through to the end!”

Supporters can still help Mike achieve his fundraising target through donations on his Virgin giving page at: