in2 Lifestyle: Lifetime adventure all for a good cause

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WHILE her sister, TOWIE star Lydia was taking a leap of faith in C4 series The Jump, Georgia Bright was undertaking a lifetime experience of her own on a 187- mile charity bike ride across India.

The ride organised in memory of the Sun’s fitness expert Nicki Waterman who died after suffering an aggressive and rare brain tumour was organised by Nicki’s friend Denise Van Outen and Nicki’s daughter Alex Thrussell to raise money for Brain
Tumour Research.

On arranging the challenge Denise said: “By doing this challenge we hope to help save the lives of others who are struck with the same condition. Nikki would love this challenge, and I am proud
that we are doing this for her. It will be just strange and very sad preparing for this without Nicki by my side.”

“Twenty of us set off to Mumbai on 11 March for the week long ride,” says Georgia. “From there we went to Cochim where we started the cycle. Our wake up call was 5am on the first day. Some days
we cycled for 6 hours which was probably the shortest amount of time in the saddle but the longest was about 12 hours.”

The Nicki Waterman Kerala Challenge also explored the backwaters of Kerala traversing the challenging subtropical landscape in southern-India, cycling up to 55-miles a day in average daily temperatures of around 30C.

Georgia was joined by a host of other celebrities including: Kate Thornton, Michelle Heaton, X-Factor star Kai Sones, Ariana Alexander-Sefre, journalist Jane Witherspoon, plus competition winners Simon Tier and Emma Barclay, readers of the Sun on Sunday who were cpicked to take part in the challenge. Both lost loved ones
to brain tumours. The team was also made up of other family and friends of Nicki.

“There was 20 of us both men and women, it was great to find out everyone’s purpose for doing it, everyone had a story. And the great thing, it wasn’t a race, as everyone was at different levels, but a
team experience, everyone helped and encouraged each other it was an incredible experience,” says Georgia.

Surprisingly the inspirational group didn’t suffer from punctures either. “Kate Thornton did on the first day, after only cycling for a short time. But the roads we were on weren’t that bad,” Georgia
adds.

“It was such an emotional end, finishing the ride. So many of us pulled each other through it was 100% team work. I would love to do something like this again, it’s great doing something for
charity, to give something back,” says Georgia.

Money raised in memory of Nicki since she died including donations from the Kerala Challenge have amounted to a staggering £55,625.87.
If you wish to donate visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/nickiwaterman-
foundation or visit www.braintumourresearch.org

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