An Eastbourne woman is taking on the London to Brighton cycle ride on June 22 to help support a cause which is close to her heart.
Ella Moye, an executive assistant at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is a loyal supporter of Action Medical Research. She completed her first charity bike ride for the children’s charity in 2013.
Ella ran the Money London Marathon for the charity, but is keen to get back in the saddle – having discovered cycling is where her sporting heart lies.
The charity, which helps sick babies and children, is one that is close to her heart as she was a premature baby and her twin sister Catherine sadly survived just eight hours. She has also found that committing herself to organised events has been a good way to maintain her motivation to lose weight and get fit.
Ella said, “I had been overweight for most of my life and always struggled with it. In April 2012 my mum had a heart attack aged 56 and it was a real wake up call. I had to build my fitness from scratch – I couldn’t even manage a lunge – but now I have so much energy. I feel amazing and I’m really looking forward to the ride, especially as it will raise money for a charity whose work helps premature babies.”
Ella and her sister were born three months early and she weighed just 2lb five-and-half ounces at birth. Catherine’s lungs were too underdeveloped for her to survive while Ella spent the first three months of her life in hospital.
More than 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK each year and Action Medical Research has a long track record of supporting research to tackle premature birth and help treat sick and vulnerable babies.