A Derbyshire cyclist who tattooed her body for charity has completed a major bike ride and raised over £1,000 in the process.
Stephanie Walsh, 38, who works at the County Council in Matlock took part in the RideLondon event on Sunday August 2 to raise money for ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’.
She said: “My dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer and he has always been a keen cyclist, after four years of treatment, Dad is now in remission and is cycling all the time.
“He wanted me to get back into the sport so he ‘encouraged’ me to sign up for the event - how could I say no!
“I was involved in the Eroica cycle event in Derbyshire in June this year and I met many people on the RideLondon event who had travelled up to Derbyshire for Eroica.
“It was lovely to share stories, everyone was really friendly and many more said they were keen to participate in Eroica next year if it’s held in Derbyshire again – or simply that they’d visit Derbyshire to do the hill training for other events.”
Steph’s dad Mike, of Bolehill, said: “Well done to Steph for raising over £1,000 for my favourite charity ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’ they offer great help and support. If possible I will do the 2016 RideLondon event with two or more of my daughters.”
Also a part time artist who lives in Belper, Steph was able to make a huge amount of money for the charity with the help of local sponsors, the Lion Hotel and Tavern in Belper, and she would like to thank everyone that has sponsored her thus far, especially the two Belper businesses which sponsored her to have their website addresses semi-permanently tattooed on her arms.
Michelle Henning, Events Co-ordinator at the Lion Hotel Belper said: ‘We were more than happy to support a local resident for a great cause and the tattoos were such a creative sponsorship idea!”
The cycle challenge started at Olympic Park, London, continued into the Surrey hills then back to the finish line along the Mall next to Buckingham Palace.
Some 25,000 people took part in the event, which has been hailed as the best cycling event in the world.
Steph added: “It was an amazing event, not easy but really good fun and brilliantly organised.”
“Thanks to the Derby Hospital and NHS staff as well, their help has been invaluable.
Her fundraising account is still open for donations at virginmoneygiving.com/StephanieWalsh.