‘On yer bike!’ for charity challenge

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AN ARBROATH woman is to cycle across India to raise money for three cancer charities.

Karen Stevens (53) is set to cycle 350 kilometres through northern India as part of the second Women v Cancer challenge this November.

Karen left Arbroath in 1977 to become a nurse, and after travelling around Britain with her work settled in Maidenhead, Berkshire with her family.

She will be joining the likes of television presenter Melinda Messenger and singer Natasha Hamilton to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer action.

Last year Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently about half way through her chemotherapy. She said: “This challenge will not only raise much needed funds for three women’s cancer charities, but it will also help me get fit and stay well through my treatment.

“An added bonus is that I get to fulfil a dream and travel to India. The trip will be a gruelling 350-kilometre cycle over five days and I am joining an amazing group of women who are training hard and committed to raising as much money as they can for the named charities.”

Karen needs to raise a minimum of £2,800, and her family have rallied round to help. She continued: “My parents, Bill and Edna MacDonald of Roseville Place, are also on the case with my mum managing to fleece the participants at her exercise class out of their hard earned cash!

“I have been stunned by people’s support and generosity but I still have a way to go and I’d love to raise more than the minimum amount for these charities which do so much to help and support cancer sufferers and their families.”

You can support Karen’s fundraising efforts by donating at www.justgiving.com/Karen-Stevens2 or you can text a donation via the free Vodafone Just Text Giving service by texting BNDG85 plus the amount you want to donate to 70070.