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Welcome to my Fundraising Site, for Breast, Ovarian and Cervical Cancer.

I’m back!!!

In 2011, I cycled across the Rift Valley in Kenya for Women V Cancer, to raise funds and along the way raise vital awareness of breast, ovarian and cervical cancers in memory of my lovely mum-in-law. 
We raised a massive £10,150 for these three great charities and I trained hard and achieved my goal of cycling 250 miles in Kenya, including reaching GOLD by cycling 13 miles up a mountain and reaching the top! It was the most amazing thing I had ever achieved personally whilst raising much needed funds for the charities.
In 2014, I did it again and took on another challenge; to cycle across Cuba and raised a total of £5,500 for the three charities. 
I said I wouldn’t do it again, but these horrendous diseases just aren’t going away are they!?!
My lovely cousin and a friend are doing a sterling job of fighting breast cancer, so I need to do my bit to help and decided that I needed to get back on my bike and cycle again for these three fab charities – Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
I will be cycling 250 miles over 5 days through Ragasthan in India, leaving on 3 November 2018.  
As before, I will have my trusty cycling trainer and chief fund raiser by my side.  He has promised this time not to give helpful guidance in how to change my gears and in turn, I have promised not to ‘explain politely’ that I know full well how to change them – let the fun begin!
Any donation is very much appreciated, just click on the Justgiving ‘Sponsor Me’ link, thank you very much for any help you can give.
Love Alison x

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An amazing £40 donation from all the Pinxton Gang at Tom Jones Concert

On Saturday the 24th June me and my hubby walked up to the local ‘Sherwood Pines’ for the much anticipated Tom Jones concert. We encamped next to 3 couples who turned out to be from Pinxton.

Several BnC’s, WnC’s and lots of dancing and singing later we settled back into our seats and in our drunken states the conversation got round to my upcoming 2018 Cycle India fundraising and the lovely Pinxton Gang produced £40!!

Thank you so so much, how generous, I really wish I could remember your names!?!

If anyone of you get to read this then please comment, it would be lovely to know that you realise that your money has been donated.

Thanks again

Alison x

 

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The Fundraising has started!

As we are still getting our heads around organising bag packing events and thinking about all the other ways we can start fundraising, Alison Flint and Alison Lausi have started the ball rolling.
Thank you so so much to you lovely ladies, it really is appreciated.
When I went to my JustGiving page I was again amazed by yet another anonymous donation of £20 from some lovely person, all this, before the pedals have even began to turn!

(The money has already been received by the 3 charities I am raising funds for)

The general, very loose plan, is to start training probably about the beginning of April.

In the mean time me and Kev plan to book in a few bag packing sessions at local Asda, Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s, maybe a ‘cake baking against cancer’ coffee morning?

Once the training starts, I am sure Kev will be busy snapping away with our camera and photos of what we are up to will start to appear, covering our training as well as the fundraising.

Thanks again you lovely Alisons and my other annonymous donator x x x 

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All set for the cold and wet days!

Not actually turned a pedal yet but the hubby has set up the cycle trainer, linked by headphones to the TV so I could actually watch ‘Holby’ or ‘DIY SOS’ while turning those pedals! 

He has tried to convince me to link it up with something called Zwift where you can actually see a hologram version of yourself on the screen as you cycle with other people who are also cycling on their cycle trainers indoors, think I’ll stick to Holby 🙂

Kev has already tried it out and within 20 mins he was knackered, might start with 10 mins and build up!

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January 2016 – – Not Fundraising at the moment– Not sure of next venture yet.

This site is being preserved as it is at the moment because I am certain that I will continue fundraising but just not quite sure when? Possibly training and Fundraising in 2017 for a challenge in 2018?

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Our next Challenge

On 30th May 2015, myself and my friend Helen Barker will be cycling 63 miles in the CAF -Women V Cancer – RIDE THE NIGHT.

It takes in the streets of London starting at 9.00pm, starting and finishing at Windsor Race Course.

If you wish to support our challenge, click on the Just Giving ‘Sponsor Me’ box or follow this link HERE

You can also donate directly to Helen’s JustGiving Page by following this link HERE (When Ells sorts out her just giving password!!)Al-Ells

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Cuba and other things

Well, have managed to totally avoid updating the website since I came back from Cuba.

We managed to raise a grand total of £5,035 thanks to lovely people putting their collective hands in their pockets.

The Cuba ride was really hard, due mainly to the heat which was continually in the high thirties.

Unfortunately, I was really ill while I was out there which resulted in me missing a day and a half of riding but I had no other options as our doctors insisted that I was not well enough to get back on the bike. 🙁

The support from all the girls and the doctors, Emma and Rosa, were amazing, and especially Mel who really looked after me.

Once back on the bike, it was really tough as I was still not 100%, but the girls again got me through to complete the ride.

Cycle Kenya was hard due to the hills and general terrain but the heat in Cuba was something else and just sapped everything out of you.

My next ride for WVC is the Ride the Night 2015 which I am doing with my friend, Helen.

Details to follow in the following post.

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Training interrupted as bikes have been stolen!!

We were parked up in an Aire de Service in France and woke up on the second to last morning of our holidays to find both our bikes, as well as our Doggie Charriot, had disappeared. They were locked securely with two separate locks, which were also stolen!

Luckily, we are insured so hopefully the bikes will be replaced and the training can continue.

The idea at the moment is to get on the bike every single day before I leave which will mean 30 more rides before travelling down to Gatwick for the off.

Fundraising has also gone very well, just need a last push to get those pedals turning so I feel a little more confident for Cuba.

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Massive thank you to Josh Metcalfe!!

Thank you so very much to Josh for the donation of an amazing £300 raised from the ladies only charity event he organised, which was held last Friday in aid of Breast, Cervical and Ovarian cancer.

I’m always overwhelmed by people’s generosity, but when Josh emailed me to say he would be donating to my just giving page on behalf of the charities I was gob smacked.

This is an amazing amount and thanks to Josh and his lovely ladies the money will go a long way in helping Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Thank you! X

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A big thank you to Maxine and Dave and customers of the New Leathern Bottle – £70!

I hope you get to see this, Maxine.

We will definitely be calling in the next time we are down your way in the van.

It was a fantastic gesture and so generous to decide to have a whip round in the pub only minutes after talking to Kev and finding out what we were doing and which three charities we were raising money for.

Your donation has gone to the Breast, Ovarian and Cervical Cancer charities via my Ride the Night 2015 page which is HERE

Thank you so much

Alison x

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Women V Cancer – Ride the Night 2014

 

Travelling down to Windsor for the event was myself, my friend Julie and my daughter Laura.  Laura was extremely nervous about the ride as her total training miles were a grand total of 47 miles!

We took Julie’s advice and rang a fairly local pub which participated in a ‘Pub Stop’ scheme, the pub was called “The New Leathern Bottle” and was a really friendly welcoming place where it turned out the locals had a heart of gold!

We parked up and Kev and Laura disappeared to watch England play a pre World Cup game (needn’t have bothered, they are out now) Kev did what he normally does and started telling all who cared to listen about our forthcoming event and which charities we were raising funds for.

One of these listeners was a lovely lady called Maxine who is married to Chris and are due to be the new owners of the ‘New Leathern Bottle’ within the month.

Lovely Maxine took it upon herself to spread the word and have a whip round and soon presented Kev with an amazing £70!

What a brill start and we hadn’t yet turned a pedal.

We managed to park up at 11 am the following morning at the Windsor Race Course, 2 mins walk from the start line where we were due to set off at 9pm that evening.

In no time at all, we were registered and ready for the off, as 50 riders were setting off at a time with 1800 women participating, we didn’t actually set off till 9.50pm.

The event was amazing, we averaged about ten miles per hour and saw the sun set and sun rise, at one point Laura actually said that she was enjoying it!

It was lovely to ride with my Kenya cycle buddy Sue and her friend Janet, who both really helped Laura especially encouraging her up Richmond hill.

The volunteer ‘Ride Angels’ were there to help and definitely helped out when Julie’s chain snapped within half a mile of the finish!

We saw Kev at feed station 4 at about 4.15 am and the last ten miles seemed to fly as we knew we had done it!

A super event, raising £97,000 for three amazing charities.

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