Ride for Keith a boost

Or­gan­ised bike ride plans to raise $20k to buy a spe­cial bed for Monto Hospi­tal

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Anas­tas­sia Perets anas­tas­sia.perets@cnbtimes.com.au

KEITH Nicholls spent the last six years of his life trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia in his mo­torhome but it was the Monto dis­trict that cap­tured his heart.

He fell in love with the pic­turesque Wu­ruma Dam and would travel reg­u­larly into Monto town for his shop­ping and a lunch.

In Au­gust he was di­ag­nosed with an ag­gres­sive form of lung can­cer and, af­ter get­ting treat­ment in Bris­bane, he de­cided it was Monto where he wanted to spend his last mo­ments.

Keith spent four weeks in the Monto Hospi­tal pal­lia­tive care unit be­fore he died, aged 74.

But be­fore he went, Keith’s son War­ren said Keith wanted to do some­thing to show just how grate­ful he was for the level of treat­ment he re­ceived at the hospi­tal.

“Truly in­cred­i­ble staff, beau­ti­ful grounds and awe­some care,” War­ren said of the hospi­tal.

“They looked af­ter Dad like a king with dig­nity right to the end.

“It was Keith’s goal to con­duct some fundrais­ing for the hospi­tal aux­il­iary, al­low­ing him to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity that helped him.

“Monto just re­ally res­onated with Dad, he just loved Monto and the whole dis­trict.”

With War­ren’s back­ground in cy­cling, a Ride for Keith was born which will in­volve cy­clists rid­ing from Bris­bane to Monto dur­ing Septem­ber.

The goal of the ride is to raise $20,000 to buy the first Versa Care bed for the hospi­tal. This was de­cided 10 days be­fore Keith passed away.

War­ren Nicholls It was Keith’s goal to con­duct some fundrais­ing for the hospi­tal aux­il­iary, al­low­ing him to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity that helped him.

“The bed it­self costs $14k, so the rest of the money will go to­wards Monto Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary in gen­eral,” War­ren said.

“The hospi­tal has a pal­lia­tive care bed but not one of these – the Versa Care beds are re­ally amaz­ing.”

Fea­tures of the bed in­crease the com­fort of the pa­tient, with the bed able to change di­rec­tions at the press of a but­ton.

The last leg of the ride, on Oc­to­ber 2, from Mun­dub­bera to Monto is sched­uled to end at the hospi­tal at noon.

“Any­one can join in and we would to get as many Monto residents in­volved in the fi­nal dis­tance of from Mulgildie to Monto,” War­ren said.

“Bring out your bikes, and ride along.”

War­ren said the Versa Care bed would al­ready be at the hospi­tal when every­one ar­rived.

“There are 14 reg­is­tered rid­ers so far who will go the dis­tance,” War­ren said.

“We’re all rais­ing the money sep­a­rately but it will come to­gether to reach the $20k.”

To do­nate, head to War­ren’s Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/2c9n398.

A pre­sen­ta­tion and a bar­be­cue will fol­low for when every­one ar­rives at Monto Hospi­tal.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN MEM­ORY: War­ren Nicholls has planned a fundrais­ing bike ride to buy a Ver­saCare bed for Monto Hospi­tal. IN­SET: Keith Nicholls with son War­ren.

MONTO LOVE: Keith Nicholls spent much of his trav­el­ling days in Wu­ruma Dam, and his fi­nal mo­ments in Monto.

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