Arlene, Oncology Administrator at the Specialist Care Cancer Centre at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, is taking part in the Ride the Night event to raise money for three UK cancer charities.
Along with a group of friends calling themselves the ‘Erdo Girls’ Arlene, who once completed a 500 mile charity ride from Birmingham to Southern Ireland, has already raised over £3,000.
Ride the Night will take them from the Royal Windsor Racecourse into London where they will pedal past Buckingham Palace, before circling round and heading back to Windsor on May 28.
“I haven’t had much time to get out on the road so most of my training has actually been done indoors,” said Arlene, who lives in Shirley with children Thomas, 14, and Bernadette, 12. “I make sure something I want to watch is on and it makes pedalling so much easier - but I will have to get some ‘real miles’ in before the actual event.”
Arlene, who was treated for breast cancer at the Spire Parkway before taking a job at the newly-built Cancer Centre, said she was thrilled by the support she had received – including a donation from the hospital,
“The three charities involved are Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, so I have received a lot of encouragement from people at the centre and the hospital as a whole. However the other girls have also done brilliantly and we are already ahead of our cash target,” said Arlene.
Anyone wishing to support Arlene and the Erdo Girls should visit www.justgiving.com/erdogirls/