An inspired charity cyclist will saddle up for a 400km cycle ride across Vietnam and Cambodia in memory of her mum, who she lost to cancer
Gina Dalton, 37, who grew up in Eccleston near Chorley, will pedal through the South East Asian countries over six days in a bid to raise more than £3,000 for three women’s cancer charities.
Gina is cycling in honour of her mum Kathleen Dalton, also from Eccleston, who died of breast cancer aged just 41, when Gina was only 10-years-old.
It’s not the first time she has completed a gruelling charity cycle challenge; two years ago she rode across Cuba and raised £3,500.
Gina said: “I had barely even been on a bike before I took on the Cuban challenge, but my mum was a really keen cyclist so it seemed fitting to take up cycling in her honour.
“I’ve got the cycling bug now, so I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and raising as much money as I can for such fantastic charities.
“I know it’s going to be tough and I still miss my mum every single day, but I know she’s going to be there watching over me all the way.”
Gina, who now lives in Didsbury, Manchester, sets off in November for the Women V Cancer cycle challenge where she will join a 100-strong team of women whose lives have all been touched by cancer.
The inspirational cyclists will ride for six days across the tough Vietnamese and Cambodian terrain, averaging 80km a day, to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Gina, who works as a marketing officer with Salford-based housing association Salix Homes, added: “March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month so I just want to raise as much money and awareness as I can for these three amazing cancer charities.
“I’ve held a series of fund-raising events with my colleagues at Salix Homes including a cake bake and a sweet sale, and I’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored me and supported me so far, but I’ve got quite a way to go yet before I reach my fund-raising target.
“Growing up without my mum around was difficult for my whole family, but by taking on these cycling challenges I can turn that negative into a positive and help ensure other families don’t lose loved ones far too early in life like my family and I did.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/Gina-Dalton2 to sponsor Gina.