88-year-old June Mace, from Cardiff, will be embarking on a 26.2mile cycle at the weekend, in aid of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.
June, who has lived in Whitchurch all of her life, is joining hundreds of cyclists for the inaugural Cardiff Cyclothon and has raised nearly £2,000 for the charity that supports the only children’s hospital for Wales.
This Welsh cycling legend has been a part of the Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club for many years and features in the club’s history as their top lady. In her glittering cycling career, June represented Great Britain, took part in the Tour de Feminin in France and earnt many Welsh road race titles before retiring from racing to raise a family with fellow cyclist, Derek.
June says she’s looking forward to the virtual event. “I’m so excited to be taking on this latest cycling challenge in my home suburb of Whitchurch and for a great cause too! I’ve lived in Cardiff all my life and when I was raising my children, there was no children’s hospital in Wales. I’m proud to be supporting the Noah’s Ark Charity as well as cycling the 26.2miles at my own pace. I may not be quite as fast as I used to be, but I’m just as determined. I am 88 after all!”
The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity supports the children’s hospital in Wales, helping to ensure world class care and the best outcome and experience possible for the young patients who receive treatment there. Right now, the charity is committed to helping the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales and its families to get through the pandemic in whatever way it can. At the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, the charity saw an immediate 50% drop in its fundraising income.
Lucy Jones, fundraising development manager at the Noah’s Ark Charity, said “We want to say a big thank you to June for signing up to take on this challenge for us. The support of her and people like her will help us as a charity to continue supporting the 73,000 children treated and cared for each year at the Noah’s Ark Hospital. We wish June, and all the participants in the Cardiff Cyclothon, all the best in their challenge.”
To donate to June’s challenge, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/junerosemace