If you’ve visited this blog before you’ll probably know that I’m doing a charity bike ride in May and initially I had the following benefits in mind:
- Raise money to support a worthy cause
- Get fit
It turns out I’m getting so much more out of the process:
- I’ve discovered a new hobby: I hadn’t actually realised how much I enjoyed cycling until I begun training, now it is and will continue to be a regular part of my weekly schedule
- I’ve rediscovered the outdoors: I hadn’t realised until recently but I actually don’t spend very much time enjoying the outdoors, as I drive everywhere. cycling has given me a new found appreciation for the town I live in and the surrounding countryside which I had never ventured into.
- I’ve become more involved with my community: I’ve discovered initiatives like Sustrans and government funded cycle training schemes that I never knew existed.
- Made new friends and supporters: I’ve met some great people from participating in cycle rides and training that I never would have met otherwise.
I’ve still got 4 months to go until the women V Cancer Ride the Night event but so far the experience has been more rewarding than I ever thought.
Speaking of Women V Cancer, here is a bit more info on Jos Cervical Cancer Trust one of the charities being supported by the event:
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
- Established in 1999 and is the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Their mission is to see cervical cancer prevented, reduce the impact for everyone affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer through providing the highest quality information and support services and campaigning for excellence in cervical cancer treatment and prevention.
- Provide information and support through a helpline, Ask The Expert service and online forum as well as through a network of support groups across the country.
- Fundraising is vital to keep developing these services this is how fundraising could help:
- £100 will allow the Trust to answer five calls to our Helpline and offer confidential support and information.
- £400 will enable them to train a volunteer to run a local group, providing personal support to women living with cervical cancer.
- £1,000 will allow them to print and distribute 10,000 materials for health professionals to give to their patients.
- £4,000 could help fund Let’s Meet their our annual information day enabling them to bring together women affected by cervical cancer, help them build vital networks and share experiences.
Those are Just a few reasons why I’d like to support them in their fundraising efforts. If you’d like to sponsor me in support of Jos Cervical Cancer Trust as well as Breast Cancer Care and Ovarian Cancer Action, please feel free to do so via my JustGiving page.
I’d also love to here about any new hobbies you’ve adopted this year