AN intrepid primary school teacher is preparing to cycle 280 miles across Vietnam to raise money for charity.
Debbie Park will be starting the daunting challenge on Thursday, October 27, in a bid to raise £3,100 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
She will cycle from Hanoi in the west of Vietnam to Sapa in the east, covering an average of 50 miles a day.
Debbie, a teacher at King Edward Primary School in North Shields, said: “My grandma died of breast cancer when I was young, meaning that by the time I was 11, I didn’t have the luxury of growing up with a grandma.
“More recently, my auntie was diagnosed with the disease. Luckily, it was caught early, and she managed to fight it off with courage and quick treatment.
“I think this gave our family a wake-up call as to how much the disease could be part of our family’s life.
“I know this is a very common story. Hopefully, one day it won’t be.”
Pupils at the Preston Avenue school have been showing their support for Debbie by accompanying her while she prepares for her mammoth journey by working out at the nearby Fit For Less gym, doing a kilometre each at a time on its exercise bikes.
“There are children in school who are also suffering because of this disease,” said Debbie.
“Their mums have been diagnosed, and they have to see them trying to hide the signs of their treatment on a daily basis.”
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