Cordula Schirmeister from Harrow, Middlesex has completed a 900+ mile cycling challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia.
The 57 year old, who's originally from Germany and has taken part in rides from London to Paris and Venice to Genoa previously, completed the epic journey in 12 days earlier this year and raising over £3,000 for the blood cancer charity.
Sport-loving Cordula took up long distance cycling six years ago but decided to take on her most ambitious cycling challenge yet after her friend’s four-month-old daughter Sophie was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013.
Little Sophie, who lives in Germany, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and had to undergo intensive chemotherapy at such a tender age.
A twin, she was separated from her sister and father for over eight months until the chemotherapy course was complete. Six months later the cancer returned and she needed a stem cell transplant.
Thankfully a donor was found and the transplant took place and Sophie is recovering well. Former German teacher Cordula said,
“Now, she is two and a half years old and a happy, healthy little girl, full of life and laughter.
The grateful thanks of Sophie’s family go to the excellent medical staff of the Hanover Medical School and the Brunswick Children’s Hospital.
Also to the many family members, friends, nurses and organisations who supported them during this difficult time.”
The £3,000 Cordula has raised is worth £30,000 in potentially life-saving drugs for patients battling blood cancer and will help make a difference.
On the challenge itself the mother of three said,
“I had a fantastic time, the weather was brilliant apart from the very last day and all the hours of relentless training paid off.
The ride didnt seem to be as hard as I was worried before.
It was well organised and we were a great bunch of people.”
I am so pleased I was able to raise such an amount for your charity.”
Inspired by Cordula’s efforts? You can still donate to her cause HERE.
If you would like to take on a personal challenge like Cordula for Cure Leukaemia please email Jennie@cureleukaemia.co.uk who will help get you started!
Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017