Cyclists go the extra 200 miles for charity

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HUNDREDS of cyclists who rode through Portsmouth have raised more than £12,000 to buy a portable ultrasound device.

The team covered 200 miles in two days to raise money for the Southampton Paediatric Rheumatology Fund.

The Bow Tie Bike Ride set off from Southampton on September 13 and travelled through Winchester, Portsmouth and Poole before arriving back at Southampton Children’s Hospital the following day.

The money raised will go towards a portable ultrasound device, which costs £22,000, and is crucial for the treatment of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis – a form of arthritis which affects one in 1,000 children in the UK.

Paediatric nurse Sarah Hartfree, who thought up the bike ride, said: ‘The portable scanner will save family time and worry, allowing diagnosis potentially more quickly.

‘It will also mean that children aren’t left in pain and less mobile.’

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