Gina completes gruelling cycle challenge in mum’s memory
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Health
Gina Dalton in Cuba
A housing worker has battled the elements to raise £3,500 in memory of her mum after cycling across Cuba.
Gina Dalton, 35, who is a senior marketing officer at Salford-based Salix Homes, completed the tough 400km challenge last month to raise money for three women's cancer charities, 25 years after her mum Kathleen Dalton died of breast cancer at the age of 41.
Gina, who lives in Didsbury, Manchester, joined a 100-strong team of women for the ‘Women V Cancer Cuban Cycle Challenge’ raising money for Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
The group battled extreme weather including torrential rain and 37 degree heat, but managed to complete the cycle in five days, averaging 80km a day.
Gina said: “This was undoubtedly the toughest thing I have ever done, but the sense of achievement I felt when I finished was overwhelming and I know my mum would have been really proud.
“It was an amazing challenge from start to finish. I experienced cycling in quite grueling temperatures and conditions, but I met some extremely inspirational women along the way, many of whom were doing the challenge after recovering from cancer themselves.”
Gina, who was just 10 when her mum died, had barely been on a bike before she signed up for the challenge, but wanted to do something special in memory of her mum who was a keen cyclist.
Gina’s friends, family and colleagues at Salix Homes all dug deep to help her smash her fundraising target and the cycling group collectively raised more than £310,000.
She added: “I’m thrilled to have raised so much money for three fantastic charities and I’d like to say a massive thank you to all my friends, family and colleagues at Salix Homes who have sponsored me and supported me along the way.
“I just hope the money I’ve raised will go some way towards ensuring that one day in the future other families will be saved from losing loved ones far too early in life like my family and I did.”