Consultant cycles 120 miles to work

A consultant at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has cycled a gruelling 120 miles to work, just in time to see her first patient of the day.

Joanna Dancer, an Orthodontic Consultant, set off on Friday May 17 from her home near Carlisle and finished at the hospital on Monday May 20.

So far, she has raised an impressive £600 for the Maxillofacial Fund through Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Having worked at the hospital for over 16 years, Joanna explains that she thought of the challenge when the Trust encouraged staff to take part in the cycle-to-work scheme.

She said: “I have to admit that I was more than a bit worried about cycling 120 miles as I haven’t really been on my bike for the past 2 years. It’s getting the bike out the shed that’s the hardest part!

The first day was glorious but pretty hilly through the Lake District, the second day was a tough challenge of more hills and the third day was a long but fairly flat 45 miles via Lancaster to Blackpool.

I’m so very happy to put something back into the Blue Skies Fund which has provided much of the essential equipment that we need to continue to care for our Orthodontic and Maxillofacial patients.”

Community Fundraising Assistant at Blue Skies, Paula Wright, said: “The challenge that Joanna set herself is absolutely incredible. We’re so proud that our staff show such dedication to raising money for patients!”

If you would like to find out how you can support Blue Skies Hospitals Fund please contact us on 01253 957904 or email