Evenley cyclist hopes to join friends on Africa ride

From left to right Ali Thorburn, Emma Bray and Jude Stott. NNL-150731-115330001
From left to right Ali Thorburn, Emma Bray and Jude Stott. NNL-150731-115330001

A cycling enthusiast from Evenley is hoping to raise more than £2,000 to join two friends on a challenge of a lifetime across Africa.

Alison Thorburn started cycling during the Easter holidays and plans to join up with Emma Bray and Jude Stott in the Women V Cancer Cycle challenge in October.

She needs to raise £2,050 for the event, which will raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action, and is close to Mrs Thorburn’s heart after her father, Tony Archer, died of cancer in November last year.

She said: “It would be amazing and unbelievable if I can do this, it is raising funds for such fantastic charities. We had a lot of support for my father and work colleagues when they were diagnosed with cancer.

“My father was diagnosed in July and this was the first time we as a family have been touched by cancer and the effects are devastating, but the support we had from organisations was amazing.”

The Women V Cancer challenge is a stunning 350km across Tanzania, starting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and finishing at the impressive Ngorongoro Crater.

Mrs Thorburn has raised more than £500 so far and to make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/Alison-Thorburn/ or text WOWF88 and your amount to 70070.