Nurses’ bike challenge

FIVE nurses from Bristol Children’s Hospital are preparing for an epic cycle challenge to raise money for the hospital’s charity.

Beth Shirt, from Downend, and Fern Jameson, from Emersons Green, are members of the team who will pedal 355 miles over four days, through four countries from London to Amsterdam in June.

They will be joined by three other senior paediatric nurses – Sarah Britton, Abi Parker and Liz Hagan – and parents of children who have received treatment at the hospital on the ride to raise money for The Grand Appeal.

Beth and Fern grew up in Frenchay and now work at the children’s hospital together: Beth is the deputy director of nursing and Fern is a matron for oncology and adolescents.

Beth said: “We started commuting to work in Covid, when the roads were quieter, and have carried on cycling to work ever since. 

“We see first-hand how the funds raised for our hospital charity, the Grand Appeal, make a huge difference to our patients and their families. 

“This challenge is daunting and will be unlike anything we have ever done before, but as parents and nurses we want to support our local children’s hospital by raising money for this amazing charity who provide medical equipment, family accommodation, music, play and art therapy and well-being support for our patients and families, from Bristol and across the South West, when they need it the most. 

The team is due to set off on June 5 and arrive in Amsterdam on the 9th.

They will post updates on their progress via the nurses’ JustGiving page, at, where people can also make donations.