TOUGH student Diane Steinmann pedalled through Kenya in scorching heat to complete an epic bike challenge which raised £1.6m for three cancer charities.
The former Knottingley High School pupil – who raised £3,000 of the total amount – joined a group of fundraisers on a 400km charity bike trip, travelling from Nyeri and Kisumu in Kenya last month.
Miss Steinmann, 21, said: “This trip has been an eye opening experience, seeing a totally different community and the way they live, it really makes you appreciate the small things you have in life.
“In between the rides, we stopped at various schools where all the cyclists donated educational supplies and toys and in return the schools sung several songs to us in appreciation.
“This was one of the highlights of the trip seeing how happy these children, who didn’t have much, were to see us and receive small gifts.”
The Women V Cancer Challenge – which raises money for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, and Ovarian Cancer Action – ran five trips for female fundraisers to cycle through wildlife game parks, tropical rainforests and African villages.
During the trip, the group visited the Faraja Cancer Support Trust – which received £50,000 from the sponsored challenge – that supports women in Kenya suffering from cancer.
Miss Steinmann, of Weeland Court, added: “I feel a great sense of pride knowing that I have helped towards raising so much money that will make a tremendous difference to women suffering from cancer and help support their families through such difficult times.
“I would like to thank all my family and friends, Knottingley Morrisons and Pontefract Asda for their support with bag-packing and bun-selling events and their customers for their kind donations.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/Diane-Steinmann to donate on Miss Steinman’s justgiving page.