Charity cyclist to tackle Cuba

PUBLISHED: 12:55 13 August 2010

BMI Fawkham Manor Hospital worker Kirsty Bevan prepares for her cycle across Cuba

BMI Fawkham Manor Hospital worker Kirsty Bevan prepares for her cycle across Cuba


AN ambitious medical secretary is preparing for the bike journey of her life in celebration of the Kent Air Ambulance Trust’s 20th anniversary.

The challenge will see BMI Fawkham Hospital worker Kirsty Bevan, 39, cycling 370 km across Cuba in order to raise money for the charity.

Mrs Bevan will be setting off from the Bay of Pigs, famous for the US landings in 1961, with 35 other cyclists on November 14 and will celebrate her 40th birthday while navigating the Caribbean island.

She said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and doing it for the Air Ambulance makes it all the more worthwhile.

It’s my big milestone birthday this year and I’ll be celebrating it in Cuba and what way to do that than to help a great cause.

“Local charity relies on charity from others. The Kent Air Ambulance was a worthy cause to want to work for.”

The mother-of-two, who works for consultant surgeons at the private hospital in Longfield, has prepared herself for the massive trek by cycling frequently, including from London to Brighton several times, however, she has never cycled this distance before.

She has already raised almost £2,000 of the £2,600 required to undertake the task and is hoping that the ride will bring in further contributions.

Lynn Hyder, County Fundraiser for Kent Air Ambulance said: “We’ve already seen that Kirsty will be a great asset to our team of cyclists. She’s certainly made great head way with her fundraising. We’re really grateful to Kirsty, who put their bodies to the test for our charity, especially for our anniversary year challenge.”

If you would like to support Mrs. Bevan’s efforts, visit her justgiving page at

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