Lifesaving nurses give up spare time to cycle for cancer-fighting charities

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TWO dedicated nurses specialising in cancer care a are giving up their spare time to train for a challenge in aid of three charities.

Debbie Gippert, of Hartlepool, and her collague Laura Lawton, of New Marske, are taking part in the Women V Cancer Ride the Night Challenge, which covers a 64-mile route around London on May 31.

The fund-raising event, which takes place from 10pm to 10am, is raising money for three women’s cancer charities – Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, Ovarian Cancer Action and Breast Cancer Care.

Both Debbie and Laura, who both work at James Cook University Hospital’s chemotherapy unit, are putting in hours of training during the weekends to get fit.

Debbie, 33, a mother-of-one, is putting herself through her paces on the Hart to Haswell bike track and is now up to completing distances of 25 miles, which she intends to increase in the run-up to the fund-raising ride. She also is taking part in spinning classes at the gym.

Debbie, who is unit manager, said: “We see the effect that cancer can have on people’s lives and we want to try and raise awareness and generate cash for three fantastic charities.”

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