Bik­ers are in pink for char­ity ride out

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

BIK­ERS and bal­let don’t usu­ally go hand in hand but dozens of rid­ers will swap their leathers for pink tu­tus for a char­ity ride­out.

The mo­tor­cy­clists from around Mac­cles­field will show their softer side by wear­ing the pink frills on the ride around Mac­cles­field in aid of Ge­n­e­sis Breast Can­cer Preven­tion.

Event or­gan­is­ers Ailsa Birchenough and part­ner Nick Wheat­ley, who run bike school Cheshire Biker Train­ing in Mac­cles­field, say it prom­ises to be an eye-catch­ing spec­ta­cle when the bik­ers ride through town in a flash of pink.

Mum of two Ailsa, 35, who runs Kanashay Pho­tog­ra­phy and will ride with Nick tak­ing pic­tures, said: “We’re hav­ing a fun day of fundrais­ing for Ge­n­e­sis Breast Can­cer Preven­tion which is ded­i­cated to the pre­dic­tion and preven­tion of breast can­cer. We’ve got sev­eral groups in­ter­ested and sev­eral of the big bike shops and clubs have promised to sup­port us. We will be vis­it­ing busi­nesses be­fore the ride­out to take pho­tos and col­lect do­na­tions and will be ask­ing each rider for a do­na­tion.

“We’re ask­ing peo­ple to join us on mo­tor­bikes or hop on the back of some- one elses for an af­ter­noon ride­out led by Nick around Mac­cles­field - all in pink tu­tus. We hope to at­tract a lot of at­ten­tion. It’s go­ing to be a sight for sore eyes.”

It’s part of a cam­paign called Take on the Tutu by Ge­n­e­sis Breast Can­cer Preven­tion which in­volves peo­ple wear­ing pink tu­tus in events around the coun­try,

Ailsa said: “We chose Ge­n­e­sis as they pro­vide such a fab­u­lous ser­vice.

“My sis­ter had breast can­cer re­sult­ing in a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy last year and I was sent to the Nightin­gale Cen­tre, where Ge­n­e­sis is based in Wythen­shawe with a breast lump and had a fam­ily his­tory risk as­sess- ment. I was found to have a higher risk of can­cer than the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion and now have an­nual mam­mo­grams de­spite be­ing only 35. I was so im­pressed with the ser­vice and the staff and am a huge be­liever in preven­tion rather than just fo­cus­ing on cure.

“We want to spread the word about the ride­out to get as good a turnout as pos­si­ble and to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for Ge­n­e­sis.”

The ride­out is on Satur­day, Novem­ber 21 from Mac­cles­field Rugby Club. Bik­ers should meet from 11.30am to leave by mid­day. To spon­sor the troupe go to www.justi­giv­ing. com/bik­ersin­tu­tus.

●● Mac­cles­field Ori­ana Choir is hold­ing a con­cert to mark 85 years in the town

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