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Woman cycles more than 1,000 miles for charity in June

A mum who has been juggling work with home schooling her three children has also found the time to cycle more than 1,000 miles for MNDA in June.

Nathalie Dawson is a business navigator at The Growth Hub in Gloucester, providing support to businesses. 

Her father, Bob Cooper, has motor neurone disease (MND) and she has been cycling to raise money for MNDA, the charity which supports people with MND.

Nathalie said: "My dad was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in October 2018. He is my absolute hero and I love him very much. I want to make him proud and raise awareness of one of the cruellest of diseases. Raising money for MNDA along the way is just a bonus."

She turned 42 earlier this month and her original aim was to cycle 420 miles, but she reached her target early and kept adding new targets.

"My last day is today and I am cycling 68 miles - my dad's age. I hit my target of 1000 on Saturday, so am now aiming for over 1000 by cycling my age plus Dad's age of 68.

"I am just a mum on a bike with a lot of determination. My children and I are also cycling to and from school every day during June, so it is a real family affair!"

Her 68 mile bike ride today will be her longest single ride during the challenge. Having set off at 6.30am, she aims to be home in time for the school run - on bikes, of course.

Nathalie has worn her MNDA T-shirt every day throughout June to help raise awareness and invited friends and family to join her on bike rides. And when she has been cycling alone, Nathalie has been inspired by songs from her dad's playlist.

Having originally set out to raise £420 for MNDA, Nathalie's fundraising is now close to £4,000. You can sponsor her here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mndanathaliedawsonchallenge42?fbclid=IwAR3EeCGIpJENK540zZulSUeg2Itag86PYwv55fv5pZeKVyl17k-M-ebv4oE 

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