Carol’s bike ride in daughter’s honour

Carol with her co-ridersAlisa, Lindsay and Liz. Inset, Carol's daughter, Katherine.

Carol with her co-ridersAlisa, Lindsay and Liz. Inset, Carol's daughter, Katherine.

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A mother has taken on a Coast to Coast cycle ride in memory of her daughter.

Carol Nicholson, from Bedlington, joined three friends for the ride at the weekend to raise money for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).

Carol’s daughter Katherine, who was born with the rare liver disease biliary atresia, died last January at the age of 17 whilst waiting for her third liver transplant.

She and her family had received information and support from CLDF throughout her life, and Katherine herself was a great supporter of the charity.

Carol, 50, said: “In addition to the support we received from CLDF over the years, the fact that they fund research into liver disease is important to us.

“Our friends and family, particularly Katherine herself, have done plenty of fundraising for CLDF over the years and I wanted to do something special in her memory.

“Katherine would have found it hilarious that I was getting on a bike, never mind attempting the Coast to Coast.

“Before I started training for this I hadn’t ridden a bike for 30 years.”

Carol took on the 136-mile challenge from Whitehaven to Tynemouth together with Alisa, Lindsay and Liz, while Carol’s husband Barry and Lindsay’s husband Bill were in the back-up vehicle.

To support Carol’s Coast to Coast challenge, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/carolsc2c

For more information on CLDF visit childliverdisease.org