Norfolk penny farthing ride in aid of hospital

Beverley Wakefield with her penny farthing Picture: QEH

Beverley Wakefield with her penny farthing Picture: QEH - Credit: Archant

A woman is hoping to kick cancer to the kerb when she climbs on board a penny farthing to complete a 21-mile sponsored ride.

Beverley Wakefield, from Wisbech, is hoping to mark the end of her cancer treatment by taking on the challenge of riding between Elgood's Brewery and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Chemotherapy Room on Monday, July 8.

Mrs Wakefield had set herself a goal of learning to ride the bike which had been purchased by her daughter Laura while undergoing treatment last year.

Over the last few weeks, Mrs Wakefield has mastered the art of climbing aboard the bike, which does not have any brakes.

She is hoping to not only raise money for the hospital's Chemotherapy Room Fund but to inspire others.

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Mrs Wakefield, who is married to Ed, said: "I want to prove that cancer is not going to stop me and to send out the message that cancer does not have to stop everything.

"It was amazing to ride the penny farthing for the first time and I really felt elated as I was kicking cancer to the kerb.

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"It is going to be a challenge but I am looking forward to it."

Mrs Wakefield was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in June last year after she felt an odd sensation along her left side and went to the doctors.

Over the last year, she has had radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She hopes that 8 July will be her last appointment.

"I was 18 months away from having a mammogram and did not have a lump or anything like that but I felt an odd sensation so my family encouraged me to go to the doctors," she said.

"I would advise anyone who feels that something is not quite right to get it checked out as you just don't know."

It was during chemotherapy treatment that Mrs Wakefield's daughter Laura purchased the bicycle.

Mrs Wakefield soon mastered the art of riding it. She said: "You have to put your foot on a peg on the back of the bike and then scoot along before pushing yourself up.

"It is pretty much like riding an ordinary bike but you have to be observant as if you roll over a stone it feels like a brick as it has solid tyres."

Mrs Wakefield and Laura, who will also be riding another Penny Farthing, will be setting off from Elgoods Brewery at 9.30am on Monday, July 8.

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