University Hospital of Wales (UHW) staff, along with colleagues from the South East Wales Gynaecological Oncology Centre, are cycling from Conwy to Cardiff, raising money for a charity close to their hearts.
The seven-strong team from across Wales is made up of three gynaecological cancer surgeons, two gynaecologists, clinical oncologists and staff from cervical screening Wales.
The team will be raising money for Jo’s Trust, which is the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting those affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
UHW consultants, Mr Kenneth Lim, Mr Peter Lindsay and Mr Lutfi Shamsuddin are taking part in this gruelling 250-mile cycle challenge.
The team will be cycling from Conwy Castle to Cardiff Castle over four days starting on 6 April 2017.
The route, which goes over three mountain passes, is one of the most difficult cycle routes in the UK.
Mr Kenneth Lim, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at UHW said: “The aim of the challenge is to highlight the importance of women’s health and well-being and to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer.
“We are raising money for the charity because every year in the UK around 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, whilst some 300,000 women are told they have cervical abnormalities that may require treatment.
“We hope to raise £10,000 with this challenge and through raffles, curry nights and donations. Jo’s Trust plans to use the money to support the promotion of cervical screening uptake for young women in Wales. We have raised over £1,000 already.
“Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under.
“Five million women in the UK are invited to their cervical screening (smear test) every year, but one in five do not take up their invitation. This increases to one in three among the 25-29 age group.
“All money raised is going straight to the charity as those taking part will be funding the trip themselves.”
If you’d like to support this journey please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/c4ccc