On July 22nd Sixth Form students Katie Barbour-Smith and Hattie Pettit set off on the most challenging expedition they have ever undertaken.
The two girls cycled the 900 mile route from John O’Groats to Lands End. Their challenge was in memory of Tina Aldrich, fellow Downe House students' Tiffany and Charlotte’s mother and a great friend of theirs who lost her battle with leukaemia in December.
They aimed to raise as much money as possible for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. This is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Around 30,000 people of all ages, from children and teenagers to adults are diagnosed with a blood cancer in the UK every year. In the next five years they need to raise £120 million to continue their lifesaving research.
Katie and Hattie knew that would have incredibly difficult moments on their ride but both believed that nothing would compare with what Tina had to go through.
So far the girls have raised over £2,800. A truly marvellous achievement for a very special cause.
Click here to visit their Just Giving page