TWO best friends from Skegness are gearing up for a cross-Channel cycling adventure to help fight cancer.
Emma McMahon and Sam Mappin, both aged 20, will be spending three days in the saddle as they journey from London to Paris between September 14 and 17.
Emma, who is studying at Falmouth University in Cornwall, decided to join the ‘Biking for Boobs’ fundraiser after her mother Gill was given the all-clear following a recent cancer scare.
She said: “It’s not just about my mum, anyone can get cancer during their life, so really it’s about raising money to protect everyone’s future.”
The constant threat of cancer was made all the more real to Emma, when she learnt that a nurse she regularly visits while living in Cornwall had also been diagnosed with the disease.
The nurse told Emma about the Biking for Boobs event, organised by her daughter to raise money for a cancer charity.
Emma soon signed up and after a little persuading was also able to recruit her best friend Sam to the charitable cavalcade.
“Sam was reluctant to begin with but then we both realised that not many people get the chance to go to Paris, let alone cycle there, so we knew it was a once in a lifetime chance we couldn’t pass up,” Emma said.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting all of the people who are going, everyone I’ve spoken to seems really lovely so it will be nice to make some new friends and when we arrive it will be amazing to look back and think - I’ve just cycled all that way.”
Emma, who had been trying to get in shape before she took up the challenge, has now stepped up her exercise regime to equip her for the miles of cycling ahead.
The group hope to raise £5,000 for the Mermaid Appeal and Emma has set herself the personal target of £500.
To donate to Emma and Sam’s cause visit www.justgiving.com/laura-syme-londontoparis2012.