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Kate and Debbie complete Yorkshire Lass Sportive for special friend Rachel.

01 Sep 2022

Kate Mallender and Debbie Wilson took part in a charity cycle ride to support their friend Rachel Whittaker who has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

The women are members of the Stamford Bridge Community Choir of which Rachel is the Choir Director. The choir regularly supports York Against Cancer and fundraises for the charity. The choir also bless the York Against Cancer Christmas tree at the ‘light-a-light’ carol service where people are invited to sponsor a light in memory of a loved one.

Both women are keen cyclists and members of local cycling group ‘Stamford Bridge Breezers’ which encourages ladies of all cycling abilities to get out on their bikes. They wanted to do something to support their friend through cancer treatment and give back.

“On Sunday 31 July Kate and I cycled the ‘Yorkshire Lass’ which is a women only cycle event. We chose to support York Against Cancer in support of our friend Rachel. 

The weather was wet and windy, the conditions dangerous because of flood water, gravel and mud, so the longer route was cancelled.  We completed the ‘Yer Brew’s Mashin’ 39-mile circular route to the west side of Carlton Lodge via country lanes and pretty villages out towards Snape Castle, Thorpe Perrow and Bedale,” said Debbie.

Kate, Debbie and Rachel

Kate said, “It was a fab, but very wet way to raise money for York Against Cancer. To be greeted at the finishing line by the inspirational Rachel and her family was the cherry on top of the cake … we did also eat cake at the finish line of course!

The amount raised in the end was £1,715 which we’re thrilled about. We did the cycling, but it was because of love for Rachel that so much money was raised.”

“To be greeted at the finishing line by the inspirational Rachel and her family was the cherry on top of the cake.”

Whether you’ve been personally affected by cancer, or simply want to give something back to the community, we always appreciate your fundraising efforts. Taking part in a sponsored cycle event is a great way to raise money for York Against Cancer to fund local cancer care and support and lifesaving research.

You can donate to Kate and Debbie via their JustGiving page here.