Tour of hospital wards takes on a new meaning with cycle ride challenge

The summer has been a busy one so far for the team, with the key theme being healthcare!

Back in June, 5 members of KLH Architects teamed up with other built environment specialists Castons, JSH and MLM, to raise money for The Ipswich Hospital Charity.

The 4-company team raised a staggering £3,415.00 for the charity which supports Ipswich Hospital by funding non-essential care for patients.

Director Robert Keeble joined his KLH colleagues Bryan, Andy, Ed and Rob to complete a gruelling 209-mile cycle challenge. The three day challenge which took the team across Suffolk as they rode through every village with a name in common with an Ipswich Hospital ward, covering a mighty 25 villages in total! 

The KLH crew were well prepared for the challenge after completing the London to Paris charity bike ride in September of last year, in which they raised almost £3000, again for The Ipswich Hospital Challenge, plus £3,000.00 toward Action for Charity.

On the team’s success Robert said: “I’m incredibly proud of all of the team following this year’s charity adventure. It was tough challenge but an enjoyable one, made all the more worthwhile when considering the difference the funds raised will make to Ipswich Hospital patients. A big thanks also goes to our Consultant Partners, Castons, JSH and MLM for their generous contribution.”

Last year’s donations helped to fund vital pieces of equipment for the NHS managed hospital, including a bladder scanner to aid dementia patients. While this year’s money has been ear marked for a new procedural trolley for the soon to be renovated Frailty Assessment Base. 

Earlier on in the month, the West Suffolk Foundation Trust thanked KLH Architects for their charitable contribution to the new Forget-Me-Not Dementia Walk at West Suffolk Hospital.

Amongst other tasks, members of the KLH team gave up their time to undertake an essential survey determining the best size and location for the artwork which makes up the 100-metre walk.

The Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign team hope that this new addition will provide support to dementia patients by encouraging them to share their own memories; reminiscence being a key care and support tool for dementia patients.

The KLH team, who are specialists in healthcare architecture, recently attended the handover ceremony for the Two Rivers Medical Centre in Ipswich, a new £6m NHS facility which they designed.

The project developer of the Two Rivers Medical Centre was Apollo Capital Projects and the construction firm was Barnes Construction.