Kathy, who is supported by Hft in Gloucestershire, has completed an epic fundraising challenge by cycling 200 miles for Hft.

The 39 year old was inspired to take on the trek last month, when she began using her specially made tricycle to explore her local area and get some exercise, while staying with her parents during the pandemic. Kathy had already completed 100 miles when she decided to tackle another 100 miles to raise money for Hft’s Pandemic Appeal, in memory of her friend David who recently passed away.

Kathy began her fundraising journey straightaway, and cycled steadily towards her goal for five more weeks. With a route spanning country roads across the Wye Valley, she picked up support from her whole community en route, alongside her housemates and support workers, who all cheered her on via video call!

26 May marked the final day of Kathy’s challenge, and saw her enjoying a celebratory reception around the village hall where she hit her 200 mile target. As she approached the finish line, a police escort with blue lights and sirens accompanied her towards the end of the route, which was complete with finishing tape and flags. Having inspired many, nearly 100 people gathered outside their homes along the route to celebrate Kathy crossing the finish line, with one neighbour presenting her with flowers, and another even bringing along a specially decorated horse.

Best of all, Kathy smashed her £5,000 target, raising over £6,000 in total – all of which will go towards supporting people with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.

Kathy said:

“The best bit was having all those people clapping.”  When asked how she felt about the ride, Kathy said, “I am so thrilled and pleased and proud.”

Emma Macdonald, Sports and Challenge Events Manager at Hft, said:

“We’re incredibly proud of Kathy for finishing her cycling challenge and raising such a significant amount of money for Hft. Despite movement being difficult for her, Kathy has covered a huge distance and has blown us away with her achievements. We’re delighted to see the whole community lending their support to a very inspiring lady, and will be using donations to ensure our staff and people we support have access to vital supplies and services during these difficult times.”

Find out more about Hft’s Pandemic Appeal