South Shields mum saddles up for fundraising challenge in London

A charity champion cyclist is getting back in the saddle this weekend to boost the fight against cancer.

Amy Clarke is gearing up to raise funds for three cancer charities when she lines up at the 60-mile Ride the Night cycle challenge in London on Saturday.

At first you might think it will be esy compared to Beijing, but it will be very tough

Amy Clarke

The charities set to benefit are Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

The nocturnal fundraiser will be a lot closer to home than her last ride in aid of the three charities, a 280-mile trek through Beijing Province in China last September.

It raised £5,000, and she is hoping to top up that total by more than £250 this weekend with pedal power.

The 41-year-old, of Lawe Road, South Shields, is supporting the trio of charities in honour of her late mother.

Her mum, Margaret Pentland, was killed by ovarian cancer at the age of 63 in October 2012.

Mrs Clarke will be joined at the London bike ride by pal Helen Saxby.

She has already raised £250 for the capital challenge on her online fundraising page, outdoing her initial target of £200.

The mum of three said: “At first, you might think it will be easy compared to Beijing, but it will be very tough.

“I just want to raise as much money as I can.”

To support Mrs Clarke’s latest fundraising effort, visit her JustGiving page HERE.