Tandem ride for cancer charity

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SPALDING woman Trudy Thurston raised £800 for Cancer Research on a charity bike ride in memory of her mum, Maureen, who died two years ago.

Trudy (30), who is autistic, took to a tandem with her dad, Adrian Thurston, on a ride from Spalding to Crowland.

This is Trudy’s third charity ride and she’s received written praise on House of Commons headed notepaper from South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes.

The MP’s ‘thank you’ letter takes pride of place in Trudy’s flat.

Adrian (65) is very proud of Trudy’s fundraising.

He said: “It’s all her idea. Nobody said ‘you must do this’. She just decided to do it and I think it’s quite a noble achievement for her.”

Trudy is supported by specialist social care provider ubu, which has enabled her to lead a full and independent life and find work delivering marketing material for a carpet and upholstery business.

Elaine Cooper, who works with Trudy for ubu, said: “ubu is all about helping people in all aspects of their lives and enabling them to live an active and fulfilling life.

“Since starting work Trudy now has a more active and healthy lifestyle. She has also conquered her fear of dogs. She sets a good example to us all.”