Louth businesswoman cycles 5,000 miles across Canada for Cancer Research UK

A LOUTH business owner has described the moment she completed a 5,000-mile cycle ride across Canada as proof that ‘anything is possible’.

Jo Woolliams, owner of Chilli Peppers Cookshop, finished the charity trek more than two weeks ahead of schedule and has raised in excess of £2,000 for Cancer Research UK, as well as cancer centres in Canada.

Jo’s journey began when she left Vancouver on April 12, and cycled along the famous 49th parallel along with a team of ‘roadies’, finishing in Halifax last week.

She had been keeping her followers abreast via an online blog, on which she penned her emotions and anecdotes from people she’d met along the way.

Upon finishing she said: “I did this to prove to myself, to my family, to my friends and to cancer sufferers around the world that anything is possible you’ve just got to have faith.

“Love to you all. Thank you for your help and for making the world a smaller place!”

Before the trek began, Jo admitted she was far from a lean mean cycling machine. “I’m actually fat and 49 and three quarters – but getting fitter,” she said.

People can still add to Jo’s fundraising total www.justgiving.com/edgetoedgecanada .