Falkirk doctor pedals to London to highlight killer condition

26-08-2013. PictureDr Dan Beckett is ready for the challenge
26-08-2013. PictureDr Dan Beckett is ready for the challenge

A Falkirk doctor is cycling from Edinburgh to London to raise awareness of one of Britain’s biggest killers.

Dr Dan Beckett (38), a consultant acute physician at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, will pedal 430 miles from Holyrood to Westminster in five days for the Sepsis Trust which is raising the profile of the condition commonly known as Septicemia or blood poisioning.

Along with his partner, Dr Claire Gordon, who works in Edinburgh, Dan plans to tweet his progress along the way, highlight one sympton per day and lobby politicians for more help to prevent the life-threatening illness.

He said: “This condition kills 37,000 people a year in the UK, that’s more than lung cancer, breast cancer and bowel cancer. This cycle is to raise the public’s awareness.

“People can follow us on Twitter and the message we’ll be getting out there is that Scotland has the infrastructure to tackle sepsis, through the Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Thousand Lives campaigns.

“Wales also has this infrastructure but, at the moment, England does not.

“We’ll be joining with our Welsh colleagues to lobby MPs to deliver this infrastructure.”

The couple begin their trek tomorrow (Friday), and hope to cover between 80 and 105 miles a day to arrive at Westminster on Wednesday for a parlimentary reception.

Dr Beckett, who has been at Forth Valley Royal since 2009, cycles to work from his Linlithgow home most days, covering 90 miles a week, three seasons of the year.

To follow Dan, use the hashtag ‘#cycleforsepsis’.