One of our Donation4Charity friends has just embarked upon a 400km cycle across Kenya in aid of a selection of different cancer charities. Jess Markwood, who is not just a fitness guru but also an ace poker player, will be keeping us up to date of her amazing journey. So far Jess has raised just under an amazing £5,000, so we asked her a few questions before she headed out into the unknown to complete this epic journey.
Can you tell us a little about what you are doing?
The challenge is called Women V Cancer. I’m cycling 400km (250 miles) over five days across Kenya with a group of 89 other women raising funds for three very deserving women’s cancer charities -
A donation will also be made to support cancer care in Kenya. Our route takes us through the Rift Valley, over Mount Kenya, which happens to be the second tallest mountain in Africa. We’ll be cycling on and off road through savannah plains, wildlife game parks, tropical rainforests and traditional villages. The trip has been organised by a fantastic company called Action for Charity.
How much training has been involved?
A LOT! I’ve been in the gym about three times a week for the last 8 months and then taking long bike rides at the weekends, dragging my poor boyfriend all over England! I’m told the fitter I can be the more I’ll enjoy the challenge obviously, although given that before I signed up to this challenge almost two years ago I didn’t do any exercise at all it’s meant a total lifestyle change.
Why have you chosen these charities?
I’ve been touched by cancer a few too many times in my life already; my dad died of the horrid disease when I was just nine years old and a school friend died of leukaemia aged just 11. In the last couple of years I’ve known three female friends who have all battled and survived cancer so it felt only right that I should help to raise much needed funds for three women’s cancer charities.
Jess will be updating her Dollymix blog along the way if you would like to follow her journey, or you could click on the link below to make a donation to this amazing charity challenge. She has already raised an amazing £4,940 of her £5000 target, so just an extra £60 will push her through the breakthrough barrier.
50 miles a day? Phew! We at Donation4Charity will be cheering her on. From our desks. Drinking a cup of tea. With a biscuit! GO JESS!!!!