Louth woman Barbara Collins has completed her epic 260 mile bike ride from London to Paris, as part of a team raising money for three important women’s cancer charities.
Barbara took part in the ‘Women V Cancer’ bike ride over the course of three days alongside 60 other women, cycling through the rolling English countryside and the breathtaking scenery of Northern France, ending with a spectacular finish at the Eiffel Tower.
Barbara had set a personal fundraising target of £1,650, but in the end she managed to raise an incredible £2,300!
Altogether, the group managed to raise £132,000, with all the funds going to Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action, and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
Speaking of the moment she approached the end of her journey, Barbara said: “We cycled down an enormous hill with a massive tree on the left, and hiding behind it was the Eiffel Tower.
“I felt the biggest sob creeping into my throat. I was determined not to cry because I was wearing contact lenses.
“I felt so emotional, I couldn’t believe it. I felt invigorated, fresh and bursting with energy, considering the shortage of sleep.
“I had no aches or pains, I felt great and elated.”
Barbara enjoyed the challenge so much that she has already registered for her next big task - cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia, which she will tackle next November.
Barbara said: “This time I have been able to choose my own charity and I have opted for Crohn’s and Colitis UK as my eldest son was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis around six years ago
“So far, I have arranged some bucket collections in Morrisons in the New Year.”
Barbara has already set up an online fundraising page for this next big challenge.
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