Cuban charity adventure beckons for cycle-mad Gill

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A super-fit 67-year-old grandmother is gearing up for a 400km cycle ride across Cuba to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Gill Dutton, from Hadleigh, will embark on a five-day journey organised by Women V Cancer.

The challenge aims to support Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Despite being a keen cyclist, Gill, who is a retired hairdresser, said that her preparations had been hampered by the weather.

“I haven’t really been able to get out on my bike much, as I am waiting for the weather to warm up,” she said.

“But I keep fit playing golf, tennis and doing pilates. I play tennis every week, even in the winter, and am quite sporty for my age.”

Gill, who is also a member at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club, says she has been on three cycling holidays around Europe in the past, but wanted to take on the charity ride as it is for “such a brilliant cause”.

“I felt I should do something to help people, especially as cervical cancer is not that well known,” she said.

Before flying out to Cuba, Gill needs to raise £2,900 in sponsorship and has already organised a number of events, including a coffee morning which raised £300.

Her next event will be a quiz night at the Ansell Centre on April 20 from 7.30pm.

“It is the first time I have done anything like this and the fundraising is very hard, but people have been very generous,” said Gill, who has the support of husband Paul and daughter Nikki, who is training for a triathlon.

To sponsor Gill, go to www.justgiving.com/gilly-dutton. Tickets for the quiz are £7.50. Contact Gill on 01473 829626.