I signed up for 125k bike ride raising funds for the ‘Treehouse Project’ at the 'Brighton Capel Monster' out of Brighton in June 2018. Please visit Brightoncapelmonster.com if you'd like to enter and join us.
I have to say, I never done any endurance sport and I believe this is a huge challenge for me; though, with a lousy bike and a big heart I am keen to cross over the finish line.
I am motivated by amazing people behind the “Treehouse Project” which aims to provide a wheelchair accessible space in the hillside woodland surrounding the hospital for patients to enjoy with their friends and family. The idea is for a 15‐metre walk‐way that will lead onto a 4‐metre viewing platform, where people can take a breath of fresh air and enjoy the flora and fauna (including deer) that can be found in the grounds outside Holy Cross.
Benefits of the Treehouse project
The project will provide patients with opportunities to access and benefit from multi‐ sensory stimulation. Birdsong, the movement of trees, shrubs, leaves, dappled shade, scent, glancing rays from the sun as well as a view of the Surrey hills and the distant horizon beyond can all be enjoyed in the natural wooded environment. We believe that the psychological and physical benefits will be immense for those able to use the Treehouse.
About Holy Cross
Holy Cross Hospital in Haslemere is home to 40 patients who are highly dependent and need very skilled medical care and treatment. Their circumstances mean they are unable to spontaneously pop outside to enjoy the feel of the sun warming their skin, the wind in their hair or to inhale the fresh scent of the earth after it has rained. Holy Cross places great importance on providing a homely and welcoming environment for patients and their families and friends. They have a lot of wonderful facilities and make significant efforts to take people out on trips. The hospital is set in beautiful natural woodland but this is currently not wheelchair accessible.
Before you go….
Finally, we don't just need cash for the project, we also need people ‐ their time, effort and skills. If you have any spare time or skills you feel could be of use to the Treehouse Project, then please get in touch. We are particularly on the look‐out for structural engineers and carpenters, but will welcome help of any kind. Please email Tom at [email protected] if you feel you can contribute any time to the Treehouse Project. Thank you for taking the time to read about the Treehouse project.