This weekend, Dorset Orthopaedic patient Malcolm Hingle will be taking on an extraordinary and meaningful new challenge. He will be joining over 200 people cycling 350 miles in a week from Lille in France, across Belgium and ending in Arnhem, Holland.
Malcolm, from Chingford, has raised over £3500 as a part of this challenge. The money will go the Help for Heroes charity which supports those with injuries & illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. Malcolm was inspired to support this charity after visiting the military’s Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre during his own recovery from amputation, saying “There the lads and lasses showed me that life does not end when you are injured. They inspired me. I am hoping to help them now.”
This will be Malcolm’s sixth fundraising challenge for Help for Heroes and this particular endeavour holds a special place in Malcolm’s heart. He will be following in the footsteps of his family friend Harold Wyer who was a part of Operation Market Garden during World War II and tragically lost his life in battle. He is planning to proudly lay a wreath for this brave serviceman and for the 4th Dorset Regiment during his visit.
Malcolm spent his career working for the Metropolitan Police as a Surveillance Motorcyclist. In 2006 he suffered an accident whilst on an operation, and in 2011, had to have his left leg amputated above the knee. Since then, Malcolm has been increasingly active, regularly undertaking new and exciting challenges, and cycling around 4,000 miles per year. He has raised over £30,000 for charity during this time.
He has been a patient of Dorset Orthopaedic’s Ringwood Clinic since his amputation and credits the clinic and its team for helping him to achieve his dreams and goals. He even played an active part in developing his very own cycling leg with his prosthetists, Matt Hughes and David Hills. “They have been extremely supportive and it has been fantastic to work together with them to find the right solutions to help me with everything from day-to-day life to big challenges like these. I cycle so much that I need a product that is reliable and performs when I need it to” says Malcolm.