In June, TOM MARTIN will be cycling 300 miles to raise money for the Ear Aid Nepal appeal: he hopes to do it with at least 50 other keen cyclists and for it to be a bit more fun than it sounds!

This is what he says: I’m a keen cyclist and wanted to take on a challenge so I thought this would be the best way to raise money for what I know is a fantastic charity. I am a newly-qualified ear surgeon working in Worcester, UK, and I have been lucky enough to have a long association with the INF and with Mike Smith, the ear surgeon behind plans to build the hospital in Pokhara.

Mike has inspired me throughout my training for his surgical skills and his humanitarian work: he has taught me far more than I have been able to absorb and has given me the opportunity to work on two occasions now in INF ear camps. These have been some of the toughest but most rewarding weeks of my life: never luxurious, always fulfilling and fascinating for the disease that we see and treat. I know that the hospital in Pokhara will extend further the work that Mike and his team can achieve in Nepal: all we need to do is to raise the money to build it!

If you are interested in joining me on the ride (many people will be riding less than 300 miles: 50, 100, 200 miles…) then please contact me on cyclechallenge@earaidnepal.org The ride will take place in the beautiful Suffolk countryside based around Aldeburgh on 21/22 June. Accommodation at reasonable rates will be available for the Friday and Saturday nights. If you think you might be able to help in other ways (I am particularly looking for masseurs/masseuses and a good bike mechanic…) then please get in touch.

If you wish to donate, then please go to Tom’s JustGiving page: