World Cup hero’s widow to join charity cycle ride
A FOOTBALL legend’s widow is joining a family’s fourth annual charity bicycle ride to fight cancer.
Stephanie Moore is taking part with 200 cyclists this weekend to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund, named after the 1966 World Cup winning England captain.
She is joining Ashford cancer survivor Heather Wynter and her family in Heather’s Cycle for Life on Sunday .
Mrs Wynter, 53, of Arcon Close, South Ashford, said: “Stephanie was with us at the cheque presentation after last year’s event but she is cycling with us for the first time and it is an honour to have her.”
Heather’s daugher, Claire Friday , 30, of Singleton, said: “We have raised £40,000 in the past three years. This year once again we have 200 cyclists.
“Heather is a true inspiration and drive behind the whole event.”
The cyclists leave from Mrs Wynter’s home at 11.30am, on a 22-mile route via Little Chart, Egerton, Charing Heath and Westwell. The trek ends at the Riverside Inn at Torrington Road, Ashford.
Mrs Wynter was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2005, which had already spread to her lymph nodes and liver, causing multiple tumours.
She endured years of painful chemotherapy and surgery and the cancer returned in September 2008.
But after more gruelling treatment, including having 60 per cent of her liver removed, she has survived.
Mrs Wynter, a mother-of-five, is now in remission and back at work as a full-time staff nurse at Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital.
She and her family organised the first charity bike ride in May 2007, raising £8,000 for Beating Bowel Cancer.
A total 147 people took part in the second ride, in May 2008, raising a further £8,000 for the same organisation.
The third event, 12 months later, had 200 riders and reaped a total of £23,000 for both Beating Bowel Cancer and the Booby Moore Fund. Bobby Moore, who led the England team when it won the World Cup in 1966, died in 1993, aged 51, after suffering bowel cancer. Afterwards Mrs Moore set up a fund for Cancer Research UK to raise money to research into this type of the disease.
Donations to the fund can be made at www.justgiving.com/ heatherwynter
Pedal power: Heather Wynter’s Cycle for Life will raise cash for bowel cancer charities