Hever Castle’s PR head raises funds after cancer diagnosis

Co-founder of Pickering - Polly Taylor

Helen went to the doctor with a lump in her breast last September, and her diagnosis was followed by chemotherapy. She is due to have a mastectomy this Friday [May 27].

“It was really quick,” the mother of one told the Times. “It sounds like a long time, but in between, there were MRIs and CT scans.”

Her husband Dave, a keen cyclist, hatched a plan with friends to ride 200 miles in 24 hours to raise funds for Breast Cancer Kent.

The charity funds projects, equipment and research to support NHS work at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Breast Care Units, Kent Oncology Centre and the University of Kent School of biosciences.

“It seemed an obvious choice to raise money for them,” Helen said. “Their patient app has also been invaluable in providing me with useful information at each stage of my treatment.”

Dave added: “Seeing all the support given by Maidstone Hospital and Breast Cancer Kent inspired me to see what we could give back. This ride is a significant challenge for all of us, who aren’t in the best physical condition, but the pain of the saddles will be nothing versus what anyone undergoing cancer treatment endures.”

Helen and Dave’s fundraiser is at justgiving.com/fundraising/200-miles-24hrs

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