Former Scotland football star Frank McAvennie has visited Glasgow Royal Infirmary, to join a team of charity cyclists who have raised £10,000 for the hospital’s Canniesburn Unit.
The team from Dan’s Fund for Burns (www.dansfundforburns.org) are in the middle of a cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End, and stopped off during the Glasgow leg of the journey to present a cheque to staff from the Canniesburn Unit, which specialises in plastic surgery and the treatment of burns. They have donated £10,000 to Canniesburn to go towards setting up a gym for burns patients, who are unable to use the hospital’s main gym facility because they are more vulnerable to infection.
34-year-old Dr Bob Gerber from Brighton leads a team of 3 cyclists, with friends Ben Challacombe and Brandon Harris. They began the 1040-mile journey at John O’Groats on Sunday 22nd July and expect to reach Land’s End on Thursday 2nd August.
Dr Gerber said: “Dan’s Fund was set up in memory of our friend Dan Miller who was killed in the 2002 Bali terrorist attack. He had been married for only a month when this tragedy occurred and his wife survived severe burns to set up the Dan’s Fund. The charity aims to help burn victims by giving them practical help and ongoing support, in whatever way they can. We are continuing to raise money throughout our journey and we’re hoping for a great final total.
“Being able to help patients who will in future use the specialist gym at the Canniesburn Unit makes it all worthwhile. Several members of the cycle team are doctors and two of Dan’s close friends are trainee plastic surgeons so we particularly understand the impact that burn injuries can have on the lives of patients and their families.”
Former Scotland star Frank McAvennie presented the cheque to hospital staff on behalf of Dan’s Fund. He believes it’s a very worthwhile cause: “The staff at the Canniesburn do an amazing job, and the guys cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End are doing something incredible too. Cycling more than a thousand miles is an unbelievable achievement.
“I’m always happy whenever I can do my bit to help a good cause, especially in Glasgow, and Dan’s Fund and the Canniesburn Unit are both fantastic causes.”
Stuart Watson is a consultant plastic surgeon at the Canniesburn Unit: “All of us here at Canniesburn are very grateful for the donation from Dan’s Fund. It’s very generous and I’m sure the gym will be very well-used by our future patients. Getting exercise and getting fit again is an important part of the rehabilitation process and this donation will help provide a specialist gym dedicated to the needs of Canniesburn patients
“It’s also very moving that the charity was set up to remember people who passed away, and I think to do that by providing practical help to survivors of burn injuries is wonderful.”