Mum jumps on her bike for a near 900 mile ride

Challenge: Leah with Ben and her daughter Hollie
Challenge: Leah with Ben and her daughter Hollie
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A MUM has set off on a near 900-mile sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Leah Taylor hopes to raise £10,000 from the epic challenge accompanied by fiance Ben Fairbank and friend Rachael Oddy.

Her daughter Hollie Shaw, eight, suffers from the skin disease epidermolysis bullosa.

It is hoped £10,000 will be raised for the charity Debra which works on behalf of those with the genetic skin blistering condition.

Leah, of Greetland, said the ride was a tough challenge and the team hope to cover between 70 and 100 miles a day and finish within nine to 12 days.

They will be supported by driver Philip Beverley.

“I’ve been to a lot of spinning classes we have been doing a lot of training on our bikes,” she said.

Hollie, who attends Norland School is doing ok most days but is often in discomfort.

“Her skin can just tear off through touching it and she can be covered from head to toe in bandages. Part of the time she is in a wheelchair,” said Leah.

The condition means Hollie is unable to eat at times as her mouth, tongue, gums and throat are also likely to blister.

Leah is also organising an “It’s a Knockout” event at Greetland Community Centre on June 3. Teams of 10 people each have to raise £500 (£50 per person).

Anyone wishing to take part in that can email Leah at shawzyontour@hotmail.com. To donate to the cycle challenge go to justgiving.com/teamhollierides