Hospital staff who took part in a 60-mile cycling challenge in memory of their colleague have helped to buy life-enhancing equipment for patients.

Last July, the team of 19 from East Lancashire Hospitals Trust (ELHT) cycled from Manchester to Blackpool in memory of Jonathon Priestley, directorate manager for Radiology.

Led by chief executive Martin Hodgson, the team pedalled from Salford Quays to Blackpool’s South Promenade, fulfilling a dream Jonathon had planned to achieve himself before he died.

The aim was to raise funds for ELHT&Me, the hospital charity.

Mr Hodgson said: “JP was known for his passion in enhancing patient experience.

"He had intended to conquer this challenge and raise funds for our trust’s charity, ELHT&Me.

“Instead, I had the privilege of completing the event with the group, ensuring Jonathon's wish became a reality. JP’s presence was felt every pedal of the way, inspiring us to push beyond our limits.

"We not only completed the 60-mile challenge but also created a lasting tribute to a remarkable individual."

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The team wanted to thank everyone who completed the event and everyone who donated in support of their fundraising.

The charitable funds raised from this event have been used to purchase items that will enhance patient experience and aim to create a lasting legacy for Jonathon.

This includes a MRI safe wheelchair. Traditional wheelchairs are drawn to the strong magnetic forces of MRI machines, posing challenges for patients with restricted mobility. Constructed of non-magnetic materials, the chair is designed to transport patients directly into the room, right up to the machine for a smoother transition.

The innovative prism glasses allow patients to see the room outside the bore of the magnet while lying on their backs during the MRI procedure to provide comfort for those experiencing claustrophobia.