North Norfolk mum to ride through London at night to help fund sister-in-law’s cancer treatment

Alice Mitchell, 35, from Saxthorpe, who is doing a sponsored bike ride on May 30.

Alice Mitchell, 35, from Saxthorpe, who is doing a sponsored bike ride on May 30. - Credit: Archant

A north Norfolk mum will be using pedal power to help fund her sister-in-law's cancer treatment.

Alice Mitchell, of Saxthorpe, will tomorrow ride through the night with a few good friends to raise money for her sister-in-law, Becky Howden, who has recently been diagnosed with advanced myeloma.

Her sister-in-law and brother, Reuben, live in America with their three daughters, Amelia, Florence and Imogen. As there is no National Health Service in the States and medical insurance does not cover the full cost of the treatment, it means they have to fund some of it themselves.

Full-time mum Mrs Mitchell will set off on the 60-mile Women V Cancer Ride the Night charity ride at 10pm.

The event will see hundreds of women pedal their way along an out-and back route which starts at Windsor Race Course and heads into central London, passing landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Kew Gardens and Twickenham Stadium. It is the UK's only women-only night cycle through the capital.

Mrs Mitchell donated £200 to Women V Cancer to take part in the night-time challenge and then set up a fundraising page to raise money for her sister-in-law.

She has been in training since January and completed a 50-mile ride from Holkham as part of Pedal Norfolk and a 40-mile ride as part of the Boudicca Sportive.

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The 35-year-old said: 'Cancer has deeply affected our families more than once in the past so it's time for me to make a stand against it.

'This is a huge challenge for me as I hadn't been on a bike for 10 years until my first training session in January – thank goodness for the invention of padded shorts.'

To sponsor Mrs Mitchell, go to

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