Katie saddles up to raise funds for trip

Claire and Katie Ingham who cycled to raise cash for Katie's trip to Uganda. Pictured at Brighouse pool

Claire and Katie Ingham who cycled to raise cash for Katie's trip to Uganda. Pictured at Brighouse pool

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After brewing up a storm at the Kilimanjaro Koffee Morning at Lower Wyke, Katie Ingham faced a different kind of storm for her cycle ride.

Blizzards and sub-zero temperatures welcomed her sister Claire, as she drove almost 250 miles from her home in Chippenham just to help Katie raise more money for her trip to Uganda to become a volunteer teacher.

While out there for 12 months she will teach at a local primary school and help in the community with other clubs as well as setting up extra curriculum ones for the children.

She needs to raise £5,400.

The duo has been planning the Kilimanjaro Killer Cycle Ride for months, but hadn’t counted on the snowy spring weather.

The 18-year-old said: “We had got our bikes serviced and ready. Then as you might have guessed, the outdoor cycle was impossible. Anyway, we decided we could not waste the opportunity.

“Luckily, our back-up plan worked. We went down to Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre, where I work as a lifeguard, and two bikes were set up looking out at the snow.

“We each managed 40km in two hours of non-stop cycling, though it felt more like ten.

“My legs were wobbling and I could hardly stand up, but at least we did it.”

Katie would like to thank Taylors’ Butchers and Reflection Hair Design in Shelf, where she lives, who held sponsor forms and Georgina at Costa Coffee in Halifax where staff and customers have raised more than £50.

“It will be some time before I know quite how much I have raised, but at the moment it looks like I might have raised an amazing £1,000,” she said.