World Cup hero’s widow to join char­ity cy­cle ride

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­

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.just­giv­ heather­wyn­ter

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1206798

Pedal power: Heather Wyn­ter’s Cy­cle for Life will raise cash for bowel can­cer char­i­ties

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