TIA Chedzoy’s oustanding efforts in raising money for charity was recognised by The Bridgwater Friends of Cancer Research this week.
Her latest contribution to fundraising – raising more than £500 by riding 500km in a month – saw her presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Relationship Manager Becky Trout.
A spokesperson for the Bridgwater Friends said: “Our group has been going for around 40 years and in that time has raised over £1m and won two Flame of Hope awards for fundraising in the community.
“We organise a variety of events such as collections, fetes, bingo, the Bridgwater Half Marathon – plus we provide support to individual fundraisers should they require it.
“Tia Chedzoy joined our group in February 2017 with a passion to raise money for Cancer Research. Tia has dressed up as an elf to collect at Christmas and helped at the Christmas Fayre, helped collect at many Somerset carnivals, helping on stalls and selling ducks for our duck race.
“She has encouraged and supported other people to help out at our events. especially our younger members. Due to her inspiring enthusiasm, she has recruited 3 other helpers recently.
“When Tia lost her godfather to cancer, she wanted to raise some money in his name and did a sponsored cycle ride and raised over £200.
“She then did a sponsored walk up and down Glastonbury Tor in her onsie, raising just over £200. Conquering her fear of heights, Tia and Vanessa Brooks-Oke (our vice-chair) abseiled down the Princesshay car park in Exeter, raising £532.10.
“Tia has now set up her own Facebook page so she can share her fundraising activities. During the pandemic, for her daily exercise Tia did a 500km bike ride in a month raising a further £535.50. Her next challenge is a sky dive in August with her best friend Freya Farkas.
“Tia has been an inspiration to us all. She always does everything with a huge smile and enthusiasm and an excellent ambassador for the group and the charity.”
“As people are all too aware the Covid pandemic has hit everyone extremely hard both emotionally and financially.
“Cancer Research UK are predicting that for the first time in 20 years deaths will rise from this terrible disease. The two main reasons for this are reduced funding for innovative new treatments and the fear of catching covid by going to a GP thus reducing early diagnosis.
“The Bridgwater Friends of Cancer Research are therefore trying to help bridge the funding gap.
“As things open up, we are looking for more volunteers and opportunities to raise these vital funds.”
Cancer Research UK is the only charity that carries out research into over 200 types of cancer and 80p of each £1 raised goes straight to the research projects around the country, like Bristol & Exeter Universities.
The remaining 20p is invested into the recruiting and training of people and the infrastructure of the charity such as high-tech laboratories.