TWO fund-raising cyclists took part in a challenging 400-mile bike ride from Vietnam to Cambodia and raised thousands in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Friends Jacky Godfrey, from Clitheroe, an operations manager at Pandora, and Michelle Mellor, director at Cummins Mellor, were among a team of 13-strong riders who cycled across Asia for charity. The pair took part in the challenge to honour the memory of a friend, Ian Godfrey.
Setting off from historic Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) on the South Vietnamese coast, the team cycled for 10 days to Siem Reap in Cambodia. En route, they experienced breathtaking scenery through traditional villages and paddy fields, ancient temples and stunning landscapes, as well as the warmth and hospitality of local people.
Between them, Jacky and Michelle have raised thousands of pounds, which will go towards cancer patient care in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Sue Thompson, Chief Officer at the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “I am thrilled with the huge amount of money raised through this challenge – I’m sure the team will agree the experience was well worth all the hard work, both fund-raising and training over the past few months. I’m delighted they all did so well and had a fantastic experience.
Jacky Godfrey added: “My friend Michelle and I shared an amazing experience, raising over £7,000 for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
“It was tough at times, particularly the heat, food and relentless pace. Both countries were amazing to see from the perspective of a bike and really make you appreciate what we have and what is very often taken for granted. We met some wonderful people both in Vietnam and Cambodia.
“We did the challenge in memory of Ian Godfrey a true friend, loving husband and wonderful dad who is missed a lot. I know how very proud he would be of us both and our achievement and would most certainly support the monies raised for Rosemere so they may continue with the brilliant work they do for people with cancer across the Lancashire and South Cumbria.
“The generosity, love and support shown by friends, families and colleagues has been incredible and together we have made a real difference.”
For details on how you can support the Rosemere Cancer Foundation visit www.rosemere.org.uk or call 01772 522913.