Herstmonceux school girl’s charity 33-mile bike ride inspired by ill gran

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A schoolgirl has helped raise more than £1,000 for charity by taking part in a sponsored cycle ride across London.

Libby Davis, from Herstmonceux, took on the 33-mile ride for the charity which is supporting her grandmother’s fight against illness.

The money raised will go to Sarcoma UK, a charity which is supporting her grandmother Margaret Davis, who suffers from the rare cancer.

The year six pupil at Herstmonceux Primary School and her father Matthew took part in the organised ride for charity.

The father and daughter pair followed the course of the Thames crossing 12 separate bridges along the way, before finishing at Hampton Court Palace.

The 11-year-old said: “The ride was tough but great fun. We had done quite a lot of practice for it so on the day it was no problem.

“My mum and brother cheered us on as we passed Big Ben and they were at the finish to meet us along with my granny and granddad.”

The pair had been training for the event by doing practice rides around their home and up and down the Cuckoo Trail.

During the ride they cycled over and past iconic London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, St Paul’s, The Shard and Craven Cottage.

Their family and friends sponsored them for more than £1,000, which will go to Sarcoma UK, which provides assistance to people with bone and soft tissue cancers.

Mr Davis, 46, of Bagham Lane, said: “Despite four major operations and countless hospital visits, my mum never appears to let it get her down. Hopefully the money we helped raise will help the charity assist people dealing with all the issues that follow a Sarcoma diagnosis.

“I was glad that on the day the weather was kind to us as we did one practice ride along the Cuckoo Trail in the snow, which wasn’t much fun.”

Sarcomas are cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.

There are around 100 different sub-types of sarcoma and around 3,800 new cases of sarcoma diagnosed each year in the UK.

They make up 14 per cent of all childhood cancers (0-14 years) and 11 per cent of all cancer diagnoses in teenagers and young people (15-24 years) and one per cent of all cancer.