Grandmother raises thousands for cancer charity on bike ride to Paris

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A Chelmorton grandmother showed lots of ‘va-va voom’ as she cycled from London to Paris to raise funds in memory of family lost to cancer.

Jayne Denby, 63, of Main Street, completed her three hundred mile ride in four days, finishing on July 30.

Jayne was moved to make the journey as part of a year of fundraising for Cancer Research UK, deciding to take the fight to a disease which killed her mum when Jayne was nine, and later her aunt and brother-in-law.

Accompanied by her sister Rebecca—herself a cancer survivor—Jayne rode into Paris having raised more than £2,500.

She said: “It was tough, with no time for sightseeing, but the support was fantastic.

“The second day was the toughest but our short-term aches and pains were quickly set in context on day three when we crossed the Somme and saw the monument at Thiepval and numerous cemeteries and memorials.”

In addition to their epic ride, Jayne has also been holding tombolas and other money-spinning activities in recent months.

Last September, she completed the Brownlee super-sprint triathlon—another remarkable feat for someone who required heart surgery and rehabilitation just three years earlier.

Jayne said: “My generation has much improved chances to beat cancer, I want to leave a legacy for the next generation that improves their chances even further.

“There remains one final fundraising effort in my year. I’ve been donated a very large polar bear teddy. He’s lovely and would make a great part of a Christmas display or to for a young child to snuggle up to.”

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