Popular ballet teacher Angela Kirkham-Raine has raised more than £4,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research after completing a gruelling 217 mile bike ride through the soaring heat of Tanzania.
The director of Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre, Malton, decided to take on the “Unite & Bike Against Cancer” challenge after her husband, cousin and good friend were diagnosed with the disease.
The 56-year-old completed a similar distance in Jordan two years ago as a thank you for the treatment her husband received at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, but before then she had not ridden a bike since she was a teenager.
The event, organised by Global Adventure Challenges, sees men and women from a variety of backgrounds join together to raise money for cancer charities.
Angela said: “When I saw the event on the internet and realised I could choose a Yorkshire cancer charity, I decided to go for it.
“The challenge itself was very difficult for me, especially getting up the hills, but I met some lovely people who supported us oldies!
“I do not regret for one minute taking part, even though it has left my hands with no grip or power and was harder than I could possibly have imagined.”