A MALVERN woman is taking on the challenge of cycling 100 miles to raise money for the charity that has supported her through being a young widow.
Carol Ibbs, 45, is riding the distance on May 28 to raise funds for WAY Widowed and Young, who support young widowed people aged 50 or under, as they adjust to life after the death of their partner.
Carol became a widow three years ago, aged 41, when her husband, Steve, aged 45, passed away of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).
Carol said: “Steve was 45 and he just didn’t wake up one day.
So there I was aged 41, three weeks before Christmas with two children and people were suddenly calling me a widow. I honestly couldn’t get my head around it.
When I found WAY, they helped me so much, with support and friendship.
Just knowing there were others who were going through what I was going through made it more bearable.
With the best will in the world, people who haven’t been through it just can’t understand it so I have found their peer to peer support invaluable.”
Carol, has embarked on a grueling training regime to prepare and will have two of Steve’s brothers, Stuart and Grant and her friends, Nik and Dave riding alongside her.
The 45-year-old admits that training has been hard but cycling with Nik has helped build her confidence.
Together they have been training weekly and hope to complete 75 miles in one training session to give them the belief they can finish the 100.
She added: “I think Steve would think I was mad, but I also hope he would be proud of me for doing something so out of my comfort zone and for getting his brothers to do it as well.
I am pleased that we are raising funds for such a great charity too.”
So far Carol and her friends have raised nearly £2,000 for Way Widowed and Young. Visit: https://www.justgiving.com/team/TheOnlyWAYisEssex100milecycle to support their cause.