Two local NHS staff will be embarking on a four day drive from Calais to the Czech Republic on 1 September to raise money for radiotherapy services at St Thomas' Hospital.
Cancer research fellow Dr Simon Hughes and Dejan Nikolovski, clinical information manager in cancer services, will be taking part in first ever 'Czech Wreck Challenge' which involves teams driving a car costing no more than £100 from Calais to Prague in only four days, to raise money for a good cause.
The St Thomas' Hospital team, called 2006: A Czech Odyssey, also includes Peter Momirovski and Nathan Woodbridge. They are raising money to help purchase a piece of equipment which will improve the accuracy of radiotherapy treatment for patients with lung cancer, oesophageal cancer and some patients with lymphoma. The funds will be processed by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity which manages all donations on behalf of the Trust.
Dr Shahreen Ahmad a lung cancer consultant at the Trust said: "The equipment will be of real benefit to patients being treated for cancer around the upper body. We're grateful for all donations to the cause."
The Czech Wreck Challenge route takes in six countries – France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic and involves tackling a challenging pass across the Swiss Alps.
Each of the team is taking on the persona of a well known doctor for the challenge – Dr Doctor Seuss – The Cat In The Hat, Dr Quincy, Dr Strangelove and Dr Feelgood and these names together with the flags of each of the participants' countries adorn each of the doors together with blazing flames spray painted up each side.
To sponsor the team please visit www.gsttcharity.org.uk/donations/czechwreck.html
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