Amy’s ready to take on 70-mile bike ride

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SHE may only be 12 but this won’t stop Amy Curd cycling 70 miles around the Isle of Wight in memory of her grandad.

The youngster wants to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

The charity supported her late grandad David Thomas, during his battle with lung cancer two years ago. He died aged 63.

Amy, from Saunders Close in Lee-on-the-Solent, will be riding around the island in three days, starting on Saturday, September 6.

Amy said: ‘I thought that Macmillan helped him a lot so I wanted to raise money for it.

‘I thought that challenging myself would be the right way to do it.

‘I’m quite nervous because of the hills and the distance. I haven’t done much cycling before.

‘I’m training for it so hopefully I’ll be ready soon.

‘I have the support of my dad who’s doing it with me.’

Amy, a pupil at Bay House School in Gosport, will ride roughly 20 miles a day.

She added: ‘It will be a challenge but my grandad would have been proud.’

Amy’s dad Shaun, 45, will take on the challenge with her to support her over the weekend.

He said: ‘For a 12-year-old girl, it’s a hell of a challenge because it’s really hilly.

‘I have done it myself so I know how difficult it is.

‘It was all her own idea. She sat at the dinner table one evening and said she wanted to do something for charity.

‘I’m proud of her. I’m pleased she’s doing it.

‘I have been taking her out for training rides.

‘She even wanted to go out for a training ride in the rain, to practise for bad weather.

‘She’s determined. I have got no concerns that she won’t be able to do it.

‘I will be doing it with her, just to make sure that she is safe.’

The pair aim to camp each night, depending on the weather.

Amy hopes to raise £200 for Macmillan and has already raised £185.

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