Nurse completes bike challenge in aid of cancer charities

Nurse completes bike challenge in aid of cancer charities

Nicola Hine

Nurse completes bike challenge in aid of cancer charities
Karen Stevens raised more than £8,000 for three cancer charities through the India cycle ride

An 'uplifting' cycle ride through India has been completed by a nurse from Maidenhead who has been battling breast cancer.

Karen Stevens was one of more than 80 women who took part in the Women V Cancer challenge, which saw her pedal 350k through the country's bumpy roads and trails.

The 53-year-old raised more than £8,000 which will be split between three charities; Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

"The camaraderie and spirit of the women I rode with was the most uplifting experience I have ever had," she said.

"There were so many heartfelt reasons for doing the ride that I felt truly humbled and grateful that women like these have taken a year out of their lives to fund raise, train and complete this challenge all to help women like me survive."

The mother-of-two said she saw some fantastic sights during the five-day trip between November 9-18.

As it took place during Diwali most of the children in India were off school

"The kids lined the road and cheered us through like we were celebrities," she said.

Karen, who works as a practice nurse at The Symons Medical Centre, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011.

The College Road resident completed her treatment in August and then began training for the cycle challenge.

She thanked everyone who has supported her along the way.

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