A mum-of-two is gearing up for an epic bike ride in Sri Lanka, as she looks to raise money for a charity that occupies a special place in her heart.
Zoe Day, marketing manager at Wrexham-based recruitment firm gap personnel, is aiming to raise £3,500 for the Genesis Research Trust by cycling 260 miles across the picturesque South Asian island country in just six days in September.
All of the money needs to be raised by July at the latest.
The Trust funds the largest UK-based collection of scientists and clinicians researching conditions that affect the health of women and babies.
Chaired by leading scientist, medical pioneer and TV documentary maker Professor Robert Winston, the Trust aims to support medical research and teaching in the field of gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics.
Zoe said: “I am lucky enough to have two healthy daughters, but have suffered many miscarriages in the past and know how devastating this was to my family and friends.
“Some of my closest friends have also suffered miscarriages. Others have gone through the ordeal of losing a child while giving birth, or losing a child to a genetic disorder.
“I also know several women who are not able to have children at all.
“Professor Winston is the most amazing man, and is constantly pushing the boundaries of medical knowledge to improve women’s health.”
The 51-year-old added: “I am cycling to raise funds for more scientists and clinicians to specialise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of devastating conditions which cause genetic diseases, miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, brain damage, cancer and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
“I know times are hard, but if would be great if people could dig deep to support this worthwhile cause. Any amount people can give would be brilliant.”
Visit Zoe’s JustGiving page – http://www.justgiving.com/zoe-