Blackwood Gwent Police sergeant set for African bike trek

AFRICAN PEDAL POWER: Sgt Angela Burt of Blackwood

AFRICAN PEDAL POWER: Sgt Angela Burt of Blackwood

First published in News

A GWENT police sergeant will take on a bike ride challenge in East Africa next year in memory of her mum.

Sgt Angela Burt, 47, of Blackwood, will cycle around 550km in Kenya and Tanzania in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sgt Burt has raised around £8,000 for the charity over the past 20 years following the death of her mum Patsy Marten, 47, who died from breast cancer in 1990.

Since then the sergeant, who has been in her job for seven years and served with Gwent police for 11 years, has taken on a number of challenges to raise funds for the charity while keeping the memory of her mum alive.

This has ranged from smaller events including fashion shows to a 500km cycle ride across Mexico in 1999 which raised £3,500 and a 1700km cycle ride from John O'Groats to Lands End in 2009 which raised £3,000.

Her latest challenge will see her take part in the event organised by the charity and cycle from Nairobi in Kenya, past the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and finish at the largest intact volcanic crater in the world, Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

She said: "I do really enjoy the challenges and it is a charity close to my heart."

To sponsor Sgt Burt visit www.justgiving.com/africacycleformymum

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