A former member of the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) participated in a UK-wide relay for charity while undergoing chemotherapy - helping to raise almost £28,000.
Jenny Carroll, 49, of Upton, took on the 92nd leg of the 97-leg WRAF on Tour, in which more than 600 former and serving WRAF members cycled, walked, rollerbladed and rode horses between RAF stations from Scotland to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where the women attended a service and reef-laying.
Along with fellow ex-service women Zena Houghton and Melanie Crutchley, Jenny cycled from RAF Sealand to RAF Woodvale, near Southport, on October 15 and 16.
The initial target was to raise £10,000 but the group effort has already garnered more than £27,800, which will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Royal Air Forces Association.
Jenny said the two charities are close to her heart, having been in the WRAF for 13 years and diagnosed with breast cancer in January this year.
But her treatment wasn’t going to stand in the way of her fundraising.
The trip stopped at RAF Hooton Park en route, where they were given a tour of the site, and laid wreaths of remembrance at Eastham Church’s war memorial and the former RAF West Kirby.
When they reached their destination, Jenny said they had ‘aching legs, sore bums and happy hearts’.
She added: “It was such a great achievement. It makes us feel really proud to give something back to those serving now and, because I have cancer, it’s nice to something back to Macmillan.
“Who knew fundraising could be so much fun?”
This year marks the 75th since WRAF was formed.
If you would like to sponsor WRAF on Tour, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/WRAFontour .