W Bro David Sparrey, Charity Steward of Eastnor Lodge No 751, reports that the Lodge’s Charitable Trust has added their support to local Ledbury GP’s Charity Challenge Bicycle Ride from London to Paris raising funds for Women V Cancer. The ride was the first ever women-only London to Paris cycle challenge.
The event raised funds for three women’s cancer charities, Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action, with funds raised divided equally.
Dr. Debra Hiley stated ‘I am doing this challenge to raise funds and awareness of women’s cancers’. After her initial diagnosis at age 43, Debra has endured many battles, through major operations, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and lots of physiotherapy. All of this, whilst working part time, when possible. Debra continues ‘I definitely couldn’t have done it without such love and support from friends, family and the Ledbury wider community’.
‘Debs’ arrived in Paris on her 50th birthday (which no-one was sure she would get to…). Her ride combined all the things that kept her going, with a ‘celebration of living’.
Eastnor Lodge members were delighted to add £200 to her ongoing total and the presentation was made by Very Worshipful Brother Mike Roff, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Herefordshire, accompanied by W/Brother David Sparrey (Eastnor Charity Steward) and W/Bro. Paul Diggins (Provincial Grand Senior Warden).
The support for Debra has been just phenomenal, with her ‘Just Giving’ page showing more than £8K raised to date!
She was accompanied on the ride to Paris, by her daughter Beth and when I interviewed them they both looked very fit and certainly up for the challenge ahead.
W Bro David Sparrey, Charity Steward, Eastnor Lodge