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Brothers’ 75 mile cycle for hospital ward who cared for father

Redditch brothers, Scott and Stuart Few, completed a 75 mile sponsored cycle ride with friends to raise money for new equipment on the hospital ward their father was cared for.

The group cycled from Solihull to Oxford in memory of Keith Few. Keith was cared for on Ward 2 at the Alexandra Hospital from November 2013 to February 2014 when he sadly passed away due to complications related to diabetes.

His family was so impressed by the care and treatment he received that they felt they should give something back to the ward.

Scott said “All the staff on Ward 2 were fantastic. The way they treated my dad was incredible. We noticed the ward were raising money for a new bladder scanner. Whenever dad needed a scan the nurses had to go to other wards to see if they had one available. It just seemed right to help them get their own after the care they’d given dad.”

Stuart said “The ride was quite tough; it definitely made us rethink our fitness levels. We didn’t realise it was uphill all the way. I’d still do it again though, it was surprisingly enjoyable!”

The Few’s cycle ride raised over £1000 towards the new scanner. The League of Friends at the Alexandra Hospital then topped up the total with an additional £5000 to purchase the equipment.

Ward Sister Shirley Hodgetts said “Our lives are so much easier on the ward now. We are able to scan patients as soon as they need, there’s no waiting around for us to find a scanner first.

“We are so grateful to the family and the League of Friends for helping us improve the care of our patients.”

If you would like to fundraise for your local acute hospital, contact the Fundraising team on 01905 760551 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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