PhD student from Finsbury Park turns event planner ahead of Core charity cycle

James with his wife and daughter

James with his wife and daughter - Credit: Archant

A PhD student has turned event planner as he raises money for a 300-mile charity bike ride.

James Maurice will ditch the books and take a break from his doctorate in liver disease on Thursday next week to cycle from Newcastle to Liverpool in aid of Core – which tackles diseases of the digestive system.

The Finsbury Park dad witnesses the impact of such illnesses every day in his work as a gastroenterology registrar and needs to raise £1,500 for his sponsored ride.

Having already received £1,300, he’s organised two events to get him over the line – a roof-top screening on the balcony of the hospital he works at and a car park party with barbeceue and live music outside his flat.

“I see the impact of digestive diseases every day and I don’t think liver disease has the funding or publicity it deserves, particularly when compared to other health issues. That’s why CORE and GastroCycle are so important,” explained James.

Core CEO Julie Harrington praised James for his support. She said: “The funds will be used to deliver more research so that we can pioneer new treatment and better understand the causes. It’s a case of pedal power in action!”

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