WOW awards for LEJOG17 trio

It was a fundraising feat that definitely had the wow factor – so it's great news that three members of the fantastic Ark Cyclists team have been presented with WOW Awards.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeons Jonathan Hobby and Kevin Conn and consultant radiologist Peter Chapman, who all work for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, were part of a 14-strong group of riders who raised £60,000 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity by cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG).

Some of the cyclists did particular legs of the journey and seven, including Jonathan and Kevin, completed the whole ride – an amazing achievement for all of them, but particularly for team leader Jonathan, who has been undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

It was only last September that the father-of-four was diagnosed with cancer. He underwent emergency surgery on a tumour and had six months of chemotherapy before amazingly getting back in the saddle for the May 13-21 challenge.

WOW Awards recognise the hard work and contribution of HHFT staff, and there are five categories.

Jonathan, Kevin and Peter were nominated for a WOW award in the Above and Beyond the call of duty category, and the judges agreed that they were well-deserving of the accolade.

HHFT chief executive Alex Whitfield presented the awards and praised the trio for their fabulous feat of fundraising and endurance. 

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees said: "Congratulations to Jonathan, Kevin and Peter on their well-deserved WOW Awards.

"The three of them were part of a great team that really went above and beyond to raise vital funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, and ultimately the new HHFT cancer treatment centre.”

Picture of Kevin Conn and Jonathan Hobby, with HHFT chief executive Alex Whitfield