Dr begins 700- mile charity cycle

Steve in Iceland on his last challenge
Steve in Iceland on his last challenge

An NHS Grampian consultant is undertaking a 700-mile charity cycle from Pitmedden to Surrey.

Sexual health consultant and clinical director for eHealth, Dr Steve Baguley set off on his bike last Thursday.

Pedalling from Pitmedden to West Byfleet in Surrey, this will be his longest fundraising bike challenge to date.

An ITU doctor based in Newcastle, and old friend joined Steve on the journey from Aberdeenshire to Newcastle-on-Tyne.

After that the consultant will complete the challenge on his own.

The event has been organised to raise money for antimalarial bed nets.

Three billion people are at risk of the infection every year, 200 million people catch it and 650,000 die from it, including almost 500,000 children who die before they reach the age of five.

Costing just £2.80, the antimalarial bed net is the most effective healthcare intervention which protects 2-3 people for up to three years. Interventions such as bed nets and treatment have halved deaths from the infection in the last 10 years. More bed nets are always needed though as they don’t last forever.

Fund some nets by visiting AgainstMalaria.com/AberdeenLondon2014.