Karen in gear for charity fundraiser

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A SCARBOROUGH nurse defied the pain barrier to provide some welcome tonic for charity.

Karen Rogers, a nurse in the outpatients department at Scarborough Hospital, took park in a gruelling 250-mile cycle ride through Kenya.

Mrs Rogers, of Tennyson Avenue, joined a group of more than 70 women on the five-day challenge to raise £300,000 for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, Breast Cancer Care, and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Mrs Rogers raised more than £3,900 herself and a fraction of the huge group total was also donated to The Faraja Project in Nairobi, which works to provides cancer care.

She said: “As a nurse I wanted to do something to raise money and awareness for the charities that support our cancer patients.

“It was a tough challenge cycling in the heat and at high altitude with very hilly terrain.

“However, it was a fantastic feeling to complete it and an amazing experience along the way.

“We started at Nyeri near Mount Kenya and cycled through the Rift Valley, crossing the equator and finished our ride at Kisumu on Lake Victoria.

“We visited The Faraja Project while we were there and also visited an elephant orphanage to see the work done caring for baby elephants.

“I raised my money with the help and support of my family, friends and colleagues, all of whom I’m extremely grateful to because I couldn’t have done it without them.”