Cycling against women’s cancers

Anne Geldard, who undertook a bike ride through Tanzania to raise money for women's cancer research. (s)
Anne Geldard, who undertook a bike ride through Tanzania to raise money for women's cancer research. (s)

A former district nurse from Clitheroe is getting on her bike to take positive action against breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

Anne Geldard, who held her nursing post for more than 20 years and celebrated her 70th birthday earlier this year, will challenge herself as part of a women-only team of cyclists who will ride through Tanzania to support the work of three charities – Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Anne said: “During my years as a district nurse in Clitheroe I cared for many women with cancer and since I have had close family members who have undergone treatment for breast cancer. I decided to get on my bike and take some positive action in the fight against all women’s cancers.

Women of all ages and cycling abilities from across the UK are joining the Women V Cancer challenge in October, which will see them cover around 350km (approximately 216 miles) over five days, both on and off road, experiencing rural Tanzania away from there tourist trails.

Anne continued: “As well as training in the hills around the Ribble Valley, I needed to raise a minimum of £3,000 to support the work of the Women V Cancer Charities which I am pleased to say I have already exceeded. I would greatly appreciate any extra funds, as the more raised, the more help can be given.”

l To sponsor Anne, visit: www.justgiving.com/annegeldard/ or send donations to 117 Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2BD. For further information about Women V Cancer visit: www.actionforcharity.co.uk