Gym volunteer cycles the extra mile for St Christopher’s

Barry Humphreys, 65, has volunteered at St Christopher’s for three years, helping patients make the most of their gym sessions at Caritas House in Orpington. Now Barry has decided to step up to a challenge himself and, together with some of the hospice’s patients, is cycling a static bike the equivalent of Orpington to Paris (and back!) to raise money for additional gym equipment.

Barry, who is from Hayes, has already cycled 185 miles on a static MOTOmed bike, during the machine’s down-time in the Caritas Centre. An amazing 60 miles has also been cycled by patients attending the therapy room at Caritas House, making a total of 245 miles so far.

If Barry and his peloton can generate £9.50 per mile for the 584 mile round trip, then they will fundraise enough to buy a new specialist MOTOmed exercise machine, which is so beneficial for many hospice patients.

Barry explains, “I decided that for more people to have the chance to benefit from the specialist equipment and to cut down on queuing, I would step up to the challenge of raising £5,500 to buy an additional machine!”

“As a volunteer, I see the amazing benefits many patients experience from regular exercise in our gym facilities. Despite often chronic illness, exercise not only helps improve patient’s mobility but also their well-being and confidence. A MOTOmed exercise machine is especially valuable because it provides a range of leg and arm/upper body therapy to patients, even if they are wheelchair bound.”

Barry started volunteering after St Christopher’s took care of a friend of his, and also a period where he himself was unwell. As well as volunteering in the gym, Barry has also just completed his training to volunteer with the Living well at Home project, which allows St Christopher’s patients to have rehabilitation in their own homes, so that they can better manage everyday activities.