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Pitmedden cyclist raises over £3400 for Teenage Cancer Trust with 24 hour bike ride

By Kirsty Brown

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Pitmedden cyclist Jenny Noble cycled over 300 miles for a cause close to her heart when she took on a gruelling challenge at the weekend.

Setting off at noon on Saturday, Jenny pledged to cycle laps of a 32 mile route for 24 hours to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

At the time of going to print Jenny had raised £3462 for the charity, with donations still pouring in.

She was inspired to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust after seeing the support which her niece, Lucy Summers, has received from the charity since her Hodgkin's Lymphoma diagnosis.

The charity has been providing her counselling as well as other support, all of which is funded by donations like Jenny's.

In total Jenny was able to complete 308.6 miles in the 24 hour period, and every mile was accompanied by a support crew of friends and family to cheer her on.

Commenting Jenny said: "I'm really chuffed to have completed the challenge and I'm really, really chuffed with how much we've raised!

"I was nervous before setting off but once we had done the first couple of laps it was fine, we got into a really good pace which I was grateful for because it gave me some cushioning for completing some of the harder laps later on.

"There were definitely some low points, there were times when I wondered what I had taken on and if I could manage to make it to the end.

"I was really lucky to have the support of family, friends and Ythan Cycle Club members to keep me going - there was always at least one other person out cycling with me, even at midnight and two in the morning!

"Their encouragement really pushed me to keep going.

"A lot of people came out to support me on my last lap which was amazing, and Lucy even managed to join for a bit of the lap which was great.

"My legs were tired and my knees were hurting, but I pushed on and we managed it - although I could hardly walk up the stairs on Sunday night!

"The challenge hasn't just raised money for a great cause, it's also got people talking about one of the lesser-known cancer charities.

"The support they've given Lucy really has been amazing, and it's all paid for by donations.

"I'm really chuffed."

Overwhelmed with the support, Lucy said: " I never once doubted my auntie Jenny would absolute smash this challenge - she really is unbelievable, it was so emotional to watch them all on there final lap.

"The amount of money she has raised for Teenage Cancer Trust is incredible, and I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated.

"Grateful and thankful doesn't come close to how I'm feeling.

"This charity is so close to our hearts now and the only way to ensure that young people get the support they need through their cancer journey's is to continue fundraising - which we will be doing in the coming months when I am well enough to do so."

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