Leslie Boobis

As the Trust's Medical Director I visited Shaare Zedek Hospital almost 10 years ago to the day with a delegation of colleagues from City Hospitals Sunderland, accompanied by my older daughter, to benefit from their unique experience of providing an exemplar Accident and Emergency Department in Jerusalem. Shaare Zedek were unstinting in their hospitality, generosity of time and sharing their expertise. From our visit we developed a blueprint for the new A&E department in Sunderland which was finally completed and commissioned last month incorporating many of the design elements that we gained from our visit to Israel. As a way of expressing my thanks to them and particularly to their Director General Jonathan Halevy I am undertaking this ride. This has particular significance to me as in November 2015 I was seriously injured when I was hit by a car whilst cycling. I was extremely fortunate not to have stained a serious or even fatal head injury and am only as of now back on the bike. It therefore resonates with me to be in the position to raise funds for their new neurosurgical department,

Leslie Boobis