Brave Jill finishes cycling challenge

editorial image

A brave music teacher from Great Preston has taken on an epic cycling challenge for charity despite battling cancer.

Jill Hirst, 54, cycled 140 miles, in five days, along the coast to coast cycle route from Whitehaven to Sunderland, to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Care.

Mrs Hirst has been receiving chemotherapy for malignant melanoma, which is at stage four and is affecting her internal organs.

But despite this the keen leisure cyclist, who took part in the week-long bike ride with the full backing of her doctor and consultant, has raised more than £3,000 for the charity which raises funds for St James’ Institute of Oncology.

Mrs Hirst was accompanied on the ride by her close friend Mike Suggitt with back up and support provided by another friend Pete Fenlon.

She said: “We completed the bike ride in style but some days it was extremely difficult, especially if it was sunny. I had to be covered from head to foot because of my illness.

“But at the same time it was lots of fun and a voyage of discovery.

“I wanted to do something to show my appreciation to St James’ Hospital for the care they have given me.

“I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of people.

“Cancer is a disease which touches us all.”

To donate visit