Ray cycles for Harefield Hospital

Posted On October 8, 2018
October 08, 2018

Chenies resident Ray Duffy set himself a challenge to solo cycle   2000 miles from Perth in Western Australia across the Nullarbor Plain to Adelaide to raise funds for Harefield Hospital Transplant Appeal. Family friend Sandra Wallington from Fremantle, Oz, send some pictures

“There is an important connection between the hospital and Australia ” explains Ray, “Harefield was the first Auxiliary Australian hospital in 1915. A southern Australian family who owned Harefield Park gave their estate to the Australian government so they could care for wounded Australian servicemen returning to England from the front. Links have remained ever since”

“ There was a lot of preparation for the trip” says Ray’s wife Susan,  “The bike had to be dismantled and transported in a special bike box in the hold of plane and then was re-assembled by Ray when he got there. He keeps me up to date with his progress, He had a hard time battling head winds when cycling through the hilly wine regions but apart from that it’s   going well. Ray was rushed to Harefield in 2013 when he collapsed at home and I was also in there for a heart problem . Ray was determined to give something back for the excellent care we had received.”

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