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Midwives’ cycle marathon set to aid cancer charities

By The Neath Port Talbot Courier  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

Midwives’ cycle marathon set to aid cancer charities
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IT could almost be a scene out of Call the Midwife ...

Two community midwives in Bridgend are getting on their bikes to help women — but not those in their care and not even those having babies.

Instead they are taking part in an event in London to raise money for three cancer charities whose causes are close to their hearts.

Carol Bartle, lead community midwife for the Bridgend area, and her community midwife colleague Helen Griffiths are putting in hours of training ready for the 100k Ride the Night challenge.

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This women-only event takes place on the night of Saturday, May 31 in aid of Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Ms Bartle said: “Neither of us considers ourselves to be keen cyclists.

“We both run. We’ve done 10k races and half marathons.

“When we heard about this event we fancied doing it.

“We have had quite a few midwife colleagues who had to finish work through things like breast cancer, so these causes are very close to our hearts.”

Ms Griffiths added: “We work with women and we have lost friends, family, colleagues and clients with these cancers.

“We are both fit and healthy so this is a way of giving something back, by helping these causes.”

The duo are part of the Brynhyfryd team of community midwives covering the Ogmore, Garw and Llynfi valleys. They also work in Princess of Wales Hospital.

Both have bought new bikes to take part in Ride the Night. They have also paid the event entry fee and need to raise at least £200 each in sponsorship.

Ms Bartle said they were now putting some serious training in.

“Thankfully the weather has been fine for the last few weeks so we have been able to get out,” she said.

“I’m also fortunate to have an exercise bike at home.”

Ms Griffiths said they were really looking forward to the event.

“It’s going to be quite a challenge but it’s for three excellent causes,” she said.

To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/carol-bartle or www.justgiving.com

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