Medic gears up for Cuban adventure
PUBLISHED: 15:16 11 August 2010
A medical secretary is gearing up for a 230-mile bike ride across Cuba to raise money for a life-saving air ambulance charity.
Kirsty Bevan, 39, who works for consultant surgeons at BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital, in Bucks Cross Road, Chelsfield, is training hard for the ride of her life as she prepares to join the Kent Air Ambulance Trust’s 20th anniversary challenge by cycling the miles across Cuba this winter.
Along with 35 other cyclists, the team will set off on November 14 and cycle for five days from the Bay of Pigs, famous for the US aggression on Cuba in 1961, through towns and villages to Trinidad, before finishing the ride in the Bay of Cienfuegos.
The mum-of-two said: “I do cycle with friends at weekends and have cycled the London to Brighton bike ride a couple of times, for fun, but to do a ride of this distance over five days will be quite a challenge for me. I have to raise over £2,600 to do this challenge.”
So far Mrs Bevan has raised nearly £2,000 of her total through family and friends sponsoring her, selling cakes at football tournaments and donations from local companies.
She said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and doing it for the Kent Air Ambulance makes it all the more worthwhile. It’s my big milestone birthday this year and I’ll be celebrating it in Cuba and what better way to do that than to help a great cause.”
Lynn Hyder, county fundraiser for Kent Air Ambulance, said: “We’ve already seen that Kirsty will be a great asset to our team of cyclists. She’s certainly made great head way with her fundraising. If you would like to sponsor Mrs Bevan visit www.justgiving.com/kirstybevan.