First of all let me fill you in on what Epic 2012 is. Epic 2012 is a completely unique event, designed to test the stamina, willpower and sheer determination of the three involved and push them to their limits. Greg McEwan, Garry Mackay and Lee Peyton covered the length of Scotland using three different Olympic disciplines in only 6 days. The brave thee covered a journey from Gallie Craig, in the Borders, to John O'Groats in order to raise funds for Yorkhill Children's Foundation. They set off on the 427 mile trip on the 17th June starting with a 140 mile cycle to Milngavie. The rest of the journey included running the West Highland Way, climbing Ben Nevis and paddling the Great Glen before jumping back on their bikes to cycle the last leg to John O'Groats.
The beneficiary of this EPIC challenge was the orthopaedic surgery service at Yorkhill Hospital. It deals with a huge variety of cases: from limb lengthening and straightening, reconstructive surgery for congenital disabilities, trauma and cerebral palsy related conditions. The department would like to purchase two sets of Jet-X Fixators which will be used to treat around 10 trauma cases every year. The Jet-X fixator system pins broken bones in place following a trauma such as a bad fall or a road traffic accident, and allows them to knit together and heal. It can be used on any limb but also on the pelvis. Trauma to the pelvis can often be potentially life-threatening due to the huge numbers of blood vessels involved and the Jet-X Fixator system can hold a shattered pelvis in place and protect these vital blood supplies. Greg, Garry and Lee would love to help them out with the hefty price tag of £60,000.
After there amazing effort on completing the 427 mile trip, a celebratory charity dinner was held in the Glasgow Hilton not only to celebrate but to continue raising funds for this amazing cause. After a charity raffle and auction of prizes, throughout the night a MASSIVE £13,000 for Yorkhill. I am happy to have contributed towards this, and a great night was had by all.
If you would like to donate to the cause please visit www.justgiving.com/Epic2012 or if you would like to support the guys by contributing equipment they may need or sponsoring the challenge please contact Natalie Ward on Natalie@materialmc.co.uk or call 0141 204 7970. Your help would be greatly appreciated by Greg, Garry and Lee and of course, ultimately, Yorkhill Hospital and its patients.