Mr Boss, who is a partner of Ringwood based software finance company the Boss Corporation, is doing the ride as a thank you to staff in the Wessex Rehabiliation Centre who helped him recover from a serious arm injury five years ago.
Mr Boss said: “After falling off a ladder in America in 2003, doctors told me that I would never regain full movement in my badly broken elbow, which required complete reconstruction. When I came back to the UK, I became a patient at the Wessex Rehabilitation Centre whose amazing efforts resulted in me gaining 30% movement in my elbow after just three months of treatment.”
Mike is no stranger to bizzarre charity events, having previously posed nude for a Hospice cookbook and dressed as a Victorian lady in a crowd of 25,000 northern football fans. His attempt at the Great Solent Pedal is a way of thanking the team at the centre for helping him make such an amazing recovery and to help raise awareness of the life-changing effect that the centre can have on accident victims.
Mr Boss said: “The Wessex Rehabilitation Centre do a truly amazing job and get around 90 per-cent of hand injury patients back to work, or back to a position where they can carry out the normal day-to-day domestic activities.”
The Great Solent Pedal will take place on June 6 and will set off from Stokes Bay, Gosport. Anyone interested in getting involved with the charity event can contact Mike Boss via www.thebosscorporation.co.uk. For more information on the Great Solent Pedal please visit: www.thegreatsolentpedal.com ENDS
Notes to Editors
The Wessex Rehabilitation Centre at Salisbury District Hospital specialises in intensive rehabilitation following hand, arm and leg surgery as well as burns, chronic pain and multiple injuries. Staff work closely with employers, assessing the patients work area and activities, and advising them of what they will need to do in supporting people back to work. With an on-site daily living bungalow developed with the help of Salisbury League of Friends, staff can also assess the patient's ability to cope with day-to-day activities in the home, ensuring that patients make a fast and safe recovery and transition back to normal life.
The Stars Appeal raises money to create the best possible experience for the 300,000 people who rely on Salisbury District Hospital. It funds extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS. The Appeal benefits all wards and departments. It also raises money for major projects. In 2007, thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal funded special treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies and an advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite.
The Caring 4 Kids Campaign aims to raise £1 million to help fund a new children's unit at Salisbury District Hospital. This will benefit over 6,000 children from across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire each year. The new Unit will cost £4 million in total, with the Caring 4 Kids Campaign covering the cost of extra facilities and equipment. These include ‘home from home’ rooms for children with cancer and cystic fibrosis who regularly spend long periods in hospital; indoor and outdoor play, therapy and assessment areas; multi-sensory equipment for disabled children and dedicated parent’s accommodation where families can stay close to their child.
For further information please contact:
Hannah Paye, Fundraising Co-ordinator, The Stars Appeal. Salisbury District Hospital. Tel: 01722 429005. www.starsappeal.org firstname.lastname@example.org