Cambrian News photographer - Dr Alan Rees, retired vice-president Wales RCP; Dr Gethin Ellis, cardiologist; Dr Jonathan Goodfellow, cardiologist and chair of Society of Physician in Wales; Tom Lawson, representative Wales Deanery; Dr Joe Anderson, neurologist; Prof Phil Smith, neurologist; Dr Gareth Llewelyn, neurologist; and vice-president Wales RCP, Dr Andrew Goddard

THE fundraising president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians has visited Aberystwyth’s Bronglais Hospital as part of a cycling challenge to complete 2,018 miles around the UK.

Cambrian News reported “Dr Andrew Goddard is undertaking the RCP challenge to celebrate the organisation’s 500th anniversary on 23 September, and is aiming to raise £100,000 for charity Physicians for Africa, an RCP charity project aiming to improve access to physicians in east, central and southern Africa.

He has already completed over 1,700 miles and visited 30 hospitals around the UK and arrived at Bronglais Hospital on Tuesday, 14 August, before heading off to visit Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.

As well as raising money, Dr Goddard is also encouraging physicians to sign up to the new RCP500 Charter, which offers a commitment that patients will receive the highest standards of care, that the RCP will train, develop and support doctors and healthcare professionals, champion research and innovation to benefit patients, act as leaders in developing, influencing and supporting high quality healthcare and promote good health and prevention of ill health.

He said: “Very few organisations reach 500 years old, let alone with their original aims intact. This is a great opportunity, not just to celebrate the RCP’s past, but also to reaffirm our commitment to patients and promote medicine as a brilliant and rewarding career. It’s been a privilege meeting so many of our members old and new while raising money for a great cause and meeting the target of 2,018 miles by the birthday next month.”

The funding target of £100,000 for Physicians for Africa would allow 12 new physician training units in six countries targeted at countries where access to doctors is very limited” here.