Harold Hill teacher completes cycle challenge for cancer charity

A PE teacher has just returned home after taking part in a cycling challenge as a tribute to her friend’s mum who lost her battle against cancer, a day before she set off on her journey.

Samantha Blair, who works at Drapers’ Academy in Settle Road, Harold Hill raised more than �2,000 for the Helen Rollason Cancer charity after taking part in the four day challenge recently.

Samantha, 35 said: “The challenge was hard, but it was nothing in comparison to what cancer sufferers have to go through.

“I feel like I have earned every penny.”

The challenge saw Samantha, 35 cycling 300 miles from Crystal Palace in London to the Eiffel Tower in France.


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Samantha came up with the cycle challenge as a way of giving something back when her friend’s mum was diagnosed with cancer last year.

When she got the news that her friend’s mum had died, she decided to continue with the challenge in her memory.

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All the money raised from the challenge is set to go to the charity where it will be used to run cancer support centres and to research into cures for cancer.

Samathan said: “When someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, your powerless so I felt that this was just one way that I could help.

“I am a PE teacher so I wanted to push myself further with the challenge.”

To donate visit http:www.justgiving.comSamBlair

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