Published on: 28 October 2019

Patients in the Hume Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital are taking on a sponsored cycling challenge to help to raise about £6,000 for specialist therapy equipment.

They are planning to complete the ‘Tour de Hume’, a distance of 60 miles, equivalent to the length of the River Wear, in relay on a MOTOmed device.

The MOTOmed is designed for people with neurological impairment which can be as a result of many causes, including stroke, head and spinal inquiries, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis, and the Hume Unit currently has one on a free trial.

Physiotherapist Natasha Carroll said: “The MOTOmed, which provides many benefits, is in constant use and the patients love it. We’re really thrilled that patients and their families and friends want to help us to buy this equipment, which will be a great asset in our rehabilitation work. Many patients with neurological impairment cannot use standard cycling machines but the MOTOmed makes cycling an accessible activity for more patients and can aid recovery.”

Anyone wishing to be a sponsor should go to