Ride for Rob at Duchy Hospital
Thursday 11 May 2017

Rob Bugden, 32, was tragically paralysed in a parachute accident whilst serving in the RAF last year, and is now confined to a wheelchair.  Rob is the son of Debbie Bugden, Admissions Officer at Duchy Hospital in Truro.

On Thursday 20th April staff and consultants at Duchy Hospital took part in a sponsored bike ride on a static bike at Duchy Hospital to help raise money for a “Barbara Bus” for the use of residents at Headley Court, a specialist centre in Surrey.  Headley Court is for serving military personnel only and is the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) where Rob has undertaken a significant proportion of his rehabilitation.  

Forty staff took part including consultants, nurses, physio, reception, admin and medical secretaries cycling from 8am continuously to 7pm. Several very kind patients also donated generously to the cause.  A total of £253 was raised towards the cost of the Barbara Bus which will enable wheelchair bound residents of Headley Court to get out and about and enhance their rehabilitation / recovery.

There were some interesting outfits with a prize for the most outrageous lycra outfit as well as for the furthest distance and the longest time. Special mentions go to Elaine Parker Duchy Hospital’s Physiotherapy Manager who cycled the furthest, Dani Tofts (Choose & Book Co-ordinator) & Damien Coia (Physiotherapist) who cycled 45 minutes each.  The best dressed participant, without a doubt, was Sue Harmes-Smith (Medical Secretary).

The aim was also reach the equivalent mileage distance of the date of Rob’s accident which was 21.1.16 (211.16km) which we achieved!

All the RAF bases in the UK have also been raising money “Rowing for Rob” to help raise a total of £32,000.

Chris Gendall, General Manager at Duchy Hospital said:

“We were delighted that so many staff turned to and took part to show their support for Rob and Debbie. It was great fun and all for a very good cause.”

Debbie Bugden, Rob’s mum and Admissions Officer at Duchy Hospital said:

“It was 2 of Rob’s RAF Physical Training Instructor friends that came up with the idea of the fund raising for a “Barbara Bus”, Rob & the family have been totally overawed by the response & support from family & friends, the comments on the “Just Giving” site, has been so uplifting.  Rob has been overcome & emotional at times with it all. The fundraising has just gone so well, with the military doing their bit with Row for Rob, and then here in Cornwall we have done our bit, it has been a fantastic but humbling experience.”

- Sponsored static bike ride to raise money for specially adapted bus for wheelchair confined residents of Headley Court

- Organised on behalf of Rob Bugden, son of Admissions Officer, Debbie Bugden, at Duchy Hospital who had a parachute accident whilst serving in the RAF

- Staff and consultants took part

- £253 raised so far by Duchy Hospital Staff

- All RAF sites are also raising money by rowing for Rob

- Rob attended the Sun’s 9th Annual Military Awards in December 2016 when he met the PM, Theresa May.