A BIKE rider from Dickens Heath who has raised over £200,000 for charity since losing her mother to cancer 13 years ago is preparing for her next cycle challenge.
Julie Hayward lost her mum Lillian Goodfellow, aged 65, to breast cancer in January 1999. And since then Julie, with close friends Debra Wyatt, Jo Hayward and Tina Jacobs, has been raising money to help in the fight against the disease.
“We actually started fund raising in November 1998. Our first event took place two days after mum died. She was only 65 and just retired from working all her life. We raised £2,000 on the night and we have carried on from there,” the 49-year-old told us.
Julie, sales director at Dawes Cycles in Castle Bromwich, and her ‘crew’ are now preparing to take part in a 180 mile bike ride from the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull to Brighton to raise money for the hospice’s Big Build project.
Julie added: “We have raised over £260,000 to date and are still as passionate about raising money and awareness as we were 14 years ago.”