On our bikes to cycle round the island for a worthwhile cause

PEDAL POWER Jackie Maffin and Louise Seager with their bikes
PEDAL POWER Jackie Maffin and Louise Seager with their bikes

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We wanted to do something for charity but did not want to do anything too easy.

Seeing as neither my friend Louise Seager nor I were particularly good cyclists, or even liked cycling, we thought that would make a great challenge.

So, this weekend Louise and I will be cycling around the Isle of Wight in aid of the charity Diabetes UK.

We will be getting the ferry to Ryde early on Saturday and setting off from there.

We will make a decision on which route we take on the day depending on the wind.

We were going to do an organised charity cycle ride but unfortunately we could not make it so we decided to create our own event and set our own challenge of cycling around the Isle of Wight.

Before February we had never really done much cycling and so began training every weekend.

We would go up Portsdown Hill to practise the hill sections and around the harbours.

At the moment we are up to 50 miles but are still training for the 68-mile cycle round the Isle of Wight.

Louise’s brother Steve will be accompanying us as back-up as an experienced cyclist who can repair any punctured tyres.

We know it will be a real challenge but we want to raise money for Diabetes UK, Tesco’s charity of the year, and so far we have raised over £400.

Any donations would be really appreciated.

If you want to donate I have a Just Giving page at justgiving.com/Jackie-Maffin2

Or you can come into the Tesco supermarket in Whiteley where I have a photo at the front of the shop with donation forms which you can fill in and hand into customer services.