Birth­day bike ride to beat bowel can­cer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Mike Ben­nett

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.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1206782

Do­na­tions can be made at www.just­giv­­wyn­ter 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.

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