Emma’s cycle ride for mum and dad

A NURSE is preparing to cycle around New Zealand in her quest to raise £10,000 for cancer charities.

Emma Cullen, from Long Buckby, decided to take on the challenge after losing both her mum, Jean, and dad, Jimmy, to cancer within the space of four months earlier this year.

She is travelling out to New Zealand this week and will begin the 4,000 mile trek on January 9. All the money she raises will go towards Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

Miss Cullen, 40, said: “It’s a huge task and I’ve never been to New Zealand before so I think the hills could be a bit tricky, I’m estimating that it will take 12 weeks to complete the ride.

“I’m pretty nervous about it but I’m also feeling very excited. I’ve just got to do it because the three worthwhile causes were all excellent to my family. I want to repay them for their work.”

Cynthia Spencer and Marie Curie were able to provide hospice at home care for both Jimmy and Jean, allowing them both to spend their final few weeks at home.

Miss Cullen currently works as a chiropractor at The Wellbeing clinic in Sheaf Street, Daventry, and also as a radiology nurse at Northampton General Hospital.

She added: “The care my parents received was superb and now I want to help get as many nurses as possible so other people can get the same care.

“We have set a target of £10,000 and have raised £1,000 so far so that’s a great start. I would urge people to please dig deep and give all you can to support these excellent charities.”

If you would like to sponsor Miss Cullen visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/emmacullen.