A 32-year-old Eastbourne woman who was born prematurely will join television star Davina McCall on a bike ride to raise funds for charity.
For cycling newcomer Ella Moye, an executive assistant for the local NHS trust, the event will be the latest achievement in a journey that has seen her transform her lifestyle and lose almost five stone in weight. The charity, Action Medical Research, is close to her heart as she was a premature baby and her twin sister Catherine sadly survived just eight hours.
The ride sets out from the East Sussex National, near Uckfield, on May 11 and offers a choice of countryside routes of 21, 40 or 65 miles.
Having also just run her first half marathon, cycling is now part of Ella’s new healthy lifestyle and the Action DIVA Sussex is the first organised ride she’s signed up for. Committing herself to events has been a good way to maintain her motivation and she’s getting ready to tackle the 40-mile route.
Ella said, “I had been overweight for most of my life and always struggled with it.
“Last April 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 5 ounces at birth. Catherine’s lungs were too underdeveloped for her to survive and 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 supports research to tackle premature birth and help treat sick and vulnerable babies.
The charity is also currently supporting work around Down syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
Ella is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
to sponsor Ella visit www.action.org.uk/sponsor/ellamoye