Two West Devon grandmothers get on their bikes for massive charity challenge

By Sally Shipton in Charity

TWO inspirational and energetic grandmothers from West Devon will take on a monumental challenge when they cycle from Paris to London in aid of charity.

Ros Wiggins and Marion Caudwell will be cycling from Paris to London’s Charing Cross Hospital in a bid to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research Campaign and Marie Curie Nurses.

The cycling enthusiasts, who have been friends for more than 40 years, will be completing the challenge in memory of loved ones and raising money for causes they support.

Marion, from Tavistock, is cycling in memory of her husband Sam, an active member of the Tavistock Lions Club who sadly died of motor neurone disease. She said she was raising money for Marie Curie Nurses because they were a great help and support to them both.

Marion will be joined on the cycle challenge by best friend Ros, from Lamerton, who is raising funds for Brain Tumour Research Campaign.

Ros will be cycling in memory of her son Dan, who sadly lost his battle with a brain tumour 18-months ago at the age of 39.

‘Marion and I have travelled miles together on our bikes,’ said Ros.

‘We have talked and talked, we have cried and cried, and supported each other through difficult days. Now is our time to do our bit for charity in memory of Dan and Sam, who we loved so dearly.’

Dan and Sam had died within a month of each other, and while it was Sam who introduced Dan to the world of agriculture, it seems fitting for the women to take on the challenge to honour their memory.

The epic 270-mile journey was one of the charity cycle rides being planned by Dan before he died, having completed the John O’Groats to Lands End, SE Ireland and East Anglia rides with his mother.

Ros and Marion said they would begin their trek in Paris on May 1 and hoped to raise more than £1,000 each for their chosen charities.

During the cycle, they will be accompanied by Ros’s husband Robert, who will be driving the motor home and supplying ‘endless cups of tea and support’.

The ladies will conclude their week-long challenge on Sunday, May 7 at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where Dan had received treatment.

On the final day, Marion and Ros will be joined by Dan’s wife Lucy as well as friends and family to complete the last part of their journey.

Ros said: ‘I have been speaking to my 9-year-old grandson and hopefully he will cycle some of the journey with us. I’ve told him he needs to jump on his bike and get training!’

The grandmother-of-five said she and Marion had been training at least twice a week come rain or shine.

Marion, who also has two grandchildren, only started cycling again last summer but has since been cycling long distances regularly.

The enthusiastic pair have set up their own JustGiving pages for anybody who wishes to support them and sponsor their cycle.

To sponsor Rosalind visit the website www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rosalind-wiggins

To sponsor to Marion visit her website www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marion-caudwell

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