Cycle trek gives hope for future

FUNDRAISING: Professor Lord Winston with fundraiser Pauline Maund at a reception in the House of Lords. Photo contributed.
FUNDRAISING: Professor Lord Winston with fundraiser Pauline Maund at a reception in the House of Lords. Photo contributed.

THE fundraising efforts of two local businesswomen were among those recognised at a reception in the House of Lords.

Last month Pauline Maund and Susie Henshall joined 80 other women and cycled 450km through Beijing Provence in China – and between them raised £7,000.

Pauline said: “It was hard going but really fulfilling.”

The challenge took four-and-a-half days was complete. “We were up at 6.30am and started cycling at 8am and didn’t really get back until 5.30pm or 6pm at night,” said Pauline.

The funds raised will go to the Genesis Research Trust and will be spent on vital ground-breaking medical research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of devastating conditions affecting women and babies, which includes genetic diseases and cancer.

Four groups of fund-raisers have taken part in cycling events in China and raised over £6 million.

In recognition of their efforts, Professor Lord Winston, the founder of the Genesis Research Trust, invited them to a Champagne reception in the House of Lords.

Pauline, who has organised various events to raise funds for charity, would like to thank clients, family, friends and businesses for all their sponsorship and support.