“I know two little girls who’ve shown me exactly what bravery looks like. Aged six and eight, they lost their mother last year,” says Katharine (Kat) Wray.
“Not only are they courageous, they are loving, kind and have a sense of humour that has the ability to make me laugh harder than most people I know,” she adds.
Kat met Becky Power and another friend, Mike Nolan, through a shared passion for cycling. In 2017, Mike’s wife, Dawn, was diagnosed with bowel cancer and died 18 months later, aged 42.
In August Kat and Becky are taking on the near 1000 miles challenge of cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End, to raise money for the bereavement charity, which will support Mike and his daughters, Antonia and Francesca.
Leigh based psychotherapist, Kat, says they wanted to do something for the family: “Becky and I have been blown away by how well Mike is managing and we decided to fundraise for Jigsaw (South East), a wonderful local charity which helps bereaved children and families.”
“We aim to to cover approximately 100 miles a day for 10 days and on day eight we’ll be cycling 128 miles,” says Becky. “It’s quite a long way – 992.18 miles to be precise, and that’s not allowing for getting lost, which is inevitable!” she adds, smiling.
Despite working full time, Kat and Becky have been averaging 100-200 miles a week training rides, in preparation for their mammoth effort. “We’re both fit, but aren’t lean mega cyclists,” says Kat. “We know it’s going to be really hard, but this is about blood, sweat and tears. We’re headstrong and determined to complete the ride.”
You can support Becky and Kat’s epic journey, which begins on August 18th 2019 here: