Birthday bike ride to beat bowel cancer
NURSE Heather Wynter expects her 50th birthday celebrations to be one of the highlights of her life. As a staff nurse on Kings C2 ward at the William Harvey hospital, the mother of five from Arcon Close, South Ashford, knows more than most what it is like to be a patient in distress. Two years ago she was diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer, the diseases her father had a decade ago. Now in remission and back at work, Heather, a widow, wanted her half century landmark to be memorable and to help the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. With support from her family and many friends, she will be hosting a huge party at Ashford International Hotel this Friday night and all guests are expected to give donations. On Sunday morning she will then lead a team of 30 on a 16.4mile sponsored cycle ride from her home. The cyclists will call at seven supporting pubs – the King’s Head and Tickled Trout at Wye, Flying Horse, Boughton Aluph, Hare & Hounds, Potters Corner, Chimneys at Godinton, Singleton Barn and The Swan at Great Chart. She said: “I have been fighting cancer and all the proceeds of my birthday weekend bash will go to the charity that not only helped me a great deal, but helps many others too. “The bike ride was suggested by one of my sons, as they cycle when they go out drinking. It seemed a good idea at the time but the problem is that I have not ridden a bicycle since I was a child, so this week I borrowed a bike and have been getting in some practice.”
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/heatherwynter or by calling 0790 388 9942.
Heather Wynter preparing for a sponsored cycle ride on her 50th birthday to raise cash for a bowel cancer charity.