Bid for walk-on part in Doc Martin

PUBLISHED: 12:11 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 15 June 2010

CELEBRITIES Martin Clunes and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are among the household names to support an East Devon woman's bid to fund groundbreaking medical research.

CELEBRITIES Martin Clunes and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are among the household names to support an East Devon woman's bid to fund groundbreaking medical research.Mum-of-three Nicky Gibbs, 34, will be joined by This Morning presenter Fern Britton and 98 other cyclists when she pedals 370 kilometres around Cuba in November for the charity Women for Women.The event has been organised to raise cash for the fund, set up by world famous fertility expert Professor Robert Winston.Women for Women, part of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trust, aims to help train female scientists to improve the health of women and babies.Nicky, of Raymonds Hill, near Axminster, is busy raising £3,000 to fund research at the Wolfson and Weston Centre in London.A fund-raising auction will take place during a charity spring ball at Axminster Guildhall on May 24. A walk-on part in Martin Clune's hugely popular Doc Martin series will be among the lots up for auction.Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has donated a River Cottage hamper and Fern Britton is also supporting the event."I'm really excited about this fund-raising event and would like to thank everybody who has helped so far," said Nicky. "I'm really looking forward to the night, especially as we have managed to book one of the country's leading Queen tribute bands, QEII."Nicky has three sons, all aged under five, and says supporting Women to Women is a privilege."After having three gorgeously happy and healthy babies and being a former midwife, I've seen the other side of it," she told the Herald. "It's also a personal challenge for me to get fit."Nicky will spend 10 days in Cuba, cycling 50 miles a day. Just one day of the trip has been set aside for sightseeing.Tickets for the spring ball are on sale now, priced £25 each.To book a ticket, donate an auction lot or to find out more about Women for Women, contact Nicky on 07925511261.

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