Sisters go the extra mile to raise funds for charities

Susan Jennings and her sister Ann Jennings are set to cycle from London to Brighton at Night for charity
Susan Jennings and her sister Ann Jennings are set to cycle from London to Brighton at Night for charity
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Sisters Ann and Susan Jennings are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity by taking on a cycling challenge.

The determined duo will ride from Brighton to London to raise money for Charity Research UK.

Both are caring fundraisers who have completed a range of charity challenges in the past.

Younger sister Susan, from Stubbington, raised £6,500 last year for Naomi House by trekking the Great Wall of China and the 31-year-old said she couldn’t wait to face another challenge.

She began fundraising when her friend’s son, five-year-old Joe Gower, died from a brain tumour just two days after his fifth birthday.

The sisters decided to support Naomi House, a Hampshire children’s hospice, after Joe spent time there towards the end of his life.

Ann also fundraised for the hospice in 2013 by completing a skydive for Naomi House in Las Vegas. And sister Susan was right there to support her.

Since Joe’s death, Ann has taken on a number of challenges to raise money including walks, runs and organising charity nights.

She raised money for Livability at the end of last year and is looking forward to joining Ann on the 100km bike ride this summer.

Ann said: ‘I was inspired to do this because so many people in our lives have been affected by cancer, including my great aunt who has breast cancer.

‘And I’ve got friends who are currently suffering with cancer so we wanted to raise some money for this charity so we can help fund research into it in the future so it can be prevented one day.

‘Joe sadly died of a brain tumour when he was only five years old. Whenever I do charity events he’s always on my mind.

‘No matter how difficult the challenges become, I know it will always be worth it.’

The sisters will take on the Challenge Cancer bike ride during the night starting on Saturday, September 26. To sponsor them go to