A 74-YEAR-OLD man has thanked Burton’s Queen’s Hospital for his treatment by baring all in a charity cycle event.
Stuart Haywood, of Elmsleigh Green, Midway, embarked on an unusual mission in Southampton to raise £600 for the hospital’s cardiology department.
Mr Haywood undressed for an unusual fund-raising event in the form of a Naked Cycle Ride in Southampton at the end of July.
He completed the course along with 150 other cyclists, highlighting their concerns regarding fuel emissions from vehicles and also making motorist aware of cyclists on the road.
However, the pensioner chose an ulterior motive for his mission by raising money after speaking to Pauline Spratt, chairman of Burton Hospital’s League of Friends.
She said: “He was having treatment at Queen’s in the cardiology department and came to see us asking what he could do to help. I said we do fund-raising and he suggested the naked cycle ride.
“I think it is marvelous.
“During the ride he said he fell off his bike and a policeman saw him, asked him what he was doing and when he explained the policemen held his bike while he got up.
“It was a brave undertaking considering Mr Haywood’s age of 74 and his medical condition, also the fact that he hadn’t cycled for a number of years and therefore had to go into training and borrow one.”
He completed four miles in 35 minutes, only having two slight accidents.
The World Naked Bike Ride UK aims to “put a stop to indecent exposure of people and the planet to pollution.” To bring attention to this cause, World Naked Bike Ride UK enthusiasts bare it all in cities around England, hoping they’ll inspire motorists to ease up on fossil fuel dependence.
Several thousand participants ride together down busy avenues and past cultural landmarks to promote an end to car culture. Inline skaters, roller skaters, and skateboarders are also welcome.
The free World Naked Bike Ride UK is open to adults who want to promote a cleaner planet.