Nicky joins TV's Fern for cycle across Cuba

PUBLISHED: 13:16 02 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:41 15 June 2010

AN Axe Valley mum has raised £3,000 for a charity by cycling 250 miles across Cuba with This Morning presenter Fern Britton.

AN Axe Valley mum has raised £3,000 for a charity by cycling 250 miles across Cuba with This Morning presenter Fern Britton. Honiton community nurse Nicky Gibbs was followed by an ITV film crew as she took on an exhausting five-day challenge with 84 fellow cyclists to raise cash for the Woman for Woman charity, which is committed to improving serious conditions that can affect women and babies. Nicky, of Raymonds Hill, near Axminster, said: "The cycle was honestly the hardest thing I have ever done, a real challenge combining extreme heat with high humidity and hills. However, the support of all of the women and knowing it was for a very worthwhile charity, helped me complete it."Famous scientist and doctor and chairman of Women for Women Sir Robert Winston joined women on the first day of the ride.Nicky said she was "honoured" to be invited to the official residence of the British Ambassador of Cuba when the cycle was completed, where the ladies celebrated their success amongst Cuban dignitaries including Fidel Castro's niece and several highly qualified Cuban medics. ITV filmed Nicky's adventure, which was aired throughout last week's This Morning programmes and saw cyclists riding for up to a gruelling five hours a day, burning around 700 calories an hour as they did so. Nicky reserved special praise for the people who helped her through a year-long fundraising and training stint, which included a charity ball and auction in May. She marked out husband Greg's "constant support and encouragement" as part of her motivation. Anybody wishing to contribute towards Nicky's cause can do so through justgiving.com/nickygibbs

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