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Valerie Kitchen

If not now, when?

My dad died in 2014 after a short illness and I want to do something to celebrate his life. He was a wonderful dad, I grew up surrounded by love and with a tremendous sense of security. I cannot imagine what it is to be a child and deal with illness, or not have love and security; my dad would be delighted to think that I was helping children who don’t have that. 
I began cycling two years ago, for a 38 mile charity cycle. Since then I have been an occasional cyclist, but now I am training hard, I have already done a 66 mile cycle around Loch Ness in April– not bad for a 51 year old. 
I am looking forward to achieving something I never thought I was capable of, both in terms of the cycle itself and also raising funds for BBC Children In Need.

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