North Lopham and Palgrave mothers to tackle charity cycle after cancer battles

Mark Westley Photography'Vanessa Goddard (white) and Elaine Aldous Cycling 100K around London for charity. ANL-150804-175633001

Mark Westley Photography'Vanessa Goddard (white) and Elaine Aldous Cycling 100K around London for charity. ANL-150804-175633001

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Two of mothers who fought back after their traumatic battles with cervical cancer are set to ride 100km around London in aid of charity next month.

Elaine Aldous, 38, of North Lopham and Vanessa Goddard, 44, of Palgrave, overcame the disease in 2010.

Five years on, they are set to take part in the Women V Cancer Ride the Night, on Saturday, May 30. The event sees as many as 2,000 women cycle around the capital’s landmarks to raise charity cash for Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, and Ovarian Cancer Action

Mrs Aldous, a mental health nurse with Palgrave-based Partnerships in Care, said it is now a case of “moving on” and trying not to think about her previous illness.

She was told she would need a radical hysterectomy in May 2010.

Unusual results from a routine smear test led to a colposcopy and a cone biopsy revealing she had cervical cancer, but has recently been given the five-year all clear.

“It is a horrible thing to have to go through,” she said.

“It is just brilliant to get the five-year all clear. Every six months you go for the check-up but when you have the all-clear at five years, it means so much more.

“The bike ride is around the same time of year as I had the operation in the first place so it makes it a bit more special.”

Ms Goddard, a community midwife, was diagnosed with cervical cancer, finding out the news the day after her 40th birthday. A hysterectomy was not an option, and she had to undergo intensive radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and brachytherapy.

She is due to receive her five-year all clear in September.

“I am very well now” she said. “I think I was very well before my diagnosis. The first diagnosis was a shock.

“The first few months were very hard, thinking the worst and wondering if that was the end for me.

“It is good to be able to give something back.”

n To sponsor their cycles, visit www.justgiving.com/elaines100kmbikeride and www.justgiving.com/vanessasridethenight