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Nurses bike through Canadian mountains for charity

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Three Irish nurses are to embark on a gruelling six-day bike ride through the Canadian Rockies in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Craigavon Area Hospital midwives Sadie Porter and Rowena Caddell, and disability nurse Pam Matchett, will cycle up to 64 miles a day.

This is the third fundraising trek for Ms Porter and Ms Caddell, who have previously cycled from London to Paris and Gdansk to Warsaw in Poland.

Ms Porter expects this June’s expedition will be their most challenging yet, since the previous trips were three to four days long and on flatter terrain.

This time around, they will climb to 6,785 feet above sea level and pedal to an icefield as they endeavour to raise£9000.

Ms Porter said the hardest thing will be carrying on for six days. ‘It is the endurance just to keep going, get up the next day and go again,’ she told Nursing Times.

‘But I really enjoy cycling,’ she added. ‘I enjoy the challenge and it is a lovely way to see different countries.’

You can click here to make online donations.

Anyone making a donation of£5 or more will be entered into a draw to win two free flights from Belfast to New York with Continental Airlines.

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