10 ADVERTISING FEATURE surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 At last I’ve found the career I always wanted News Three cyclists take a breather close to Stonehenge as they ride part of King Alfred’s Wa y ROBERT SPANRING After 25 years of hairdressing Zena Paterson now has her dream job, as an NHS radiographer At 16, after her GCSEs, Zena Paterson didn’t have a clue what to do, so she followed her father into hairdressing. It wasn’t until 30 years later that she finally found her vocation. What you need to knoW... Now Zena, 46, from Basingstoke, is a year away from qualifying as a diagnostic radiographer. She admits getting there has been hard work, but she’s delighted to be on the right path at last. “I knew hairdressing wasn’t what I really wanted to do. I even got a place at university to study counselling. But after much thought I changed my mind and went back to hairdressing. Then at 23 I started a family – I’ve got two daughters now, aged 24 and 14 – and it just fitted in around them. Zena had already decided she wanted to move into the health sector when a friend joined the ambulance service and trained to be a technician. “I loved hearing her stories,” says Zena. “It sounded so dynamic. I joined the ambulance service as a community first responder, giving vital first aid before the paramedics got there. “Then, at an observation day in the cardiac lab at Basingstoke Hospital, the superintendent radiographer encouraged me to join as a radiology assistant, so I did – and New cycle route takes in 10,000 years of history An NHS diagnoStic radiographer SALary £24K+ hourS 220-MILE ROUTE RUNS THROUGH PARTS OF HAMPSHIRE 37.5 “I learned to prepare patients for scans, give injections, perform X-ray exams and more. After a couple of years, I applied for another job as a trainee assistant practitioner. I’ve just completed my diploma in Diagnostic Imaging, and enrolled to take my degree in Diagnostic Radiography next.” People often comment about the big difference between Zena’s old and new jobs, but she says the gap isn’t as wide they may think. “People might not realise how many transferable skills they have. As a hairdresser you hear clients’ stories, and listen and offer advice, so I was already on the path of helping people. I can talk to patients and calm them if they’re worried. I can share a joke and have a laugh. “The imaging side satisfies the curiosity in me. With a CT scan I am the first person to see if, for example, someone’s got a brain tumour or cancer, and I can reassure them that this is, hopefully, the first step to recovery. “I’d lost confidence as I got older, and when I first took the job as trainee assistant practitioner, I thought, ‘I’ll never be able to do this.’ Now I amaze myself at what I can do. “I’ve worked so hard, but I now have a rewarding and fulfilling career. And it shows what I’ve always believed, that where there is a will, there’s a way.” By RHEIA SMITH rural businesses. England has 15 national trails, but only two of them are cyclable from end to end – the Pennine Bridleway and the South Downs Way. Cycling UK’s wider goal is to “create a network of long-distance off-road routes across the length and breadth of Great Britain, through amazing places and wild landscapes”. Referring to the Countryside Act 1947, Ms Gordon said: “Seventy-three years ago legislation was passed which led to the creation of our national parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and long-distance trails. “It’s a godsend for walkers, but for ramblers with bikes not a lot has been done since then in terms of improving access for cycling. “With King Alfred’s Way, we want to show what is possible if we fill those missing links between our national trails and start making the countryside accessible for everyone – walkers, horse riders and cyclists.” King Alfred’s Way follows the launch of the 800-mile Great North Trail (Peak District to Cape Wrath/John O’Groats) in 2019, and the riders’ route for the North Downs Way in 2018. The route was developed by upgrading certain sections of footpath to allow cycling, and also includes existing bridleways, byways and quiet country lanes. Sophie Gordon, Cycling UK’s campaigns officer behind the creation of King Alfred’s Way, said: “The pandemic has understandably changed the British public’s appetite for foreign travel, but with King Alfred’s Way we’re hoping to at least quench its thirst for adventure. “There’s no need to fly or, for many, even travel far for a challenging trip. “King Alfred’s Way is 220 miles of literal ups and downs, looping through a quintessential southern England made up of thatched cottages, Iron Age hill forts and stone circles.” With the route passing within an hour’s journey from home for 17 million people, King Alfred’s Way is the “perfect staycation for the more adventurous traveller” and promises challenging riding through an ever-changing landscape. With tourism spend from cyclists in the UK at £520 million per year, it is also another potential avenue of valuable income for per WEEK A BRAND new, off-road cycling route that immerses riders in more than 10,000 years of history has been created through parts of Hampshire. This 350km (220-mile) loop travels around historic Wessex, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Alfred the Great. The route begins and ends in Winchester, where Alfred is buried, and connects monuments including Stonehenge, Avebury stone circle, Iron Age hill forts, Farnham Castle and Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals. Charity Cycling UK created a loop of gravel tracks and off-road trails through the heart of Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire countryside, naming the route King Alfred’s Way. In addition to passing iconic locations, including World Heritage Sites, the route travels straight through the heart of quintessential England. 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