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Norfolk surgeon to cycle 1,000 miles for charity

Carl Philpott on his bike

A Norfolk surgeon and lecturer is taking on one of Britain’s most challenging bike rides to raise up to £10,000 for Fifth Sense, a charity he helped to establish that supports people with taste and smell disorders.

Carl Philpott, consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at the James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth and Professor of Rhinology & Olfactology at Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia (UEA), will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the annual Deloitte Ride Across Britain from 9-17 September.

He’s a trustee of the patient-led charity and director of the UK’s first Smell and Taste Clinic, based at the James Paget University Hospital, which has so far seen more than 500 patients.

“About 5% of the population suffers from an olfactory disorder,” said Carl. “This has a huge impact on their lives and I see many patients suffering from devastating effects, ranging from social isolation to depression, so I wanted to draw attention to this cruel condition.”

Fifth Sense was founded by Duncan Boak after he lost his own senses of taste and smell following an accident. “Smell and taste disorders can have a significant impact on quality of life,” he said. “Imagine not being able to taste your favourite food or enjoy all the smells that are part of a summer holiday such as the sea air. Smell makes up a huge part of our emotional experiences and memories in ways that we all too often fail to appreciate.”

Carl added: “I’ve never undertaken a bike ride like this before - the event covers 969 miles over nine days so I’ll have to complete around 110 miles by 6pm each day. As part of my training I’ve taken part in the Norwich 100 cycling event, been to the Peak District, Cheddar Gorge and the Malverns and completed regular long-distance rides.”

You can sponsor Carl here.