Charity challenges tribute to sister
A London Marathon contender cycled for four hours on a static bike to raise money for a charity that cared for her sister in the last week of her life.
Miss Daniella Gatt, a part-time physiotherapist and part-time biology teacher, took on the challenge to raise money for Sue Ryder, in particular its St John’s Hospice, Bedfordshire.
The hospice cared for her sister, Mrs Chantelle Williams, before she died in 2012.
Money raised at the four-hour static bike ride, which Miss Gatt completed outside the Sue Ryder charity shop in her home town of Bingham, will add to her overall total from the London Marathon on Sunday.
Miss Gatt said: “I cannot believe I have been lucky enough to be selected to run the marathon for Sue Ryder.
“It is such an important charity to my family. The care St John’s gave to my sister in the last week of her life was incredible. As a family we will feel forever indebted to Sue Ryder.”
Mrs Williams died aged 35 after a short battle with bowel cancer. She left two children, Jessica and Dylan, who were nine and three at the time.
Mrs Williams was a care worker at a children’s nursery in Bedford.
A year after her death, Miss Gatt and her boyfriend, Mr Nicky Goy, of Newark, cycled 1,700 miles across six countries from her sister’s grave in Oxford to their father’s birth village, Haz-Zebbug, Malta, in aid of the charity.
Miss Gatt said: “We were all devastated and shocked by her loss.
“I wanted to repay Sue Ryder for the amazing work they did for Chantelle.
“It is five years since the bike ride and I feel ready for a new challenge, especially after rupturing both my Achilles’ tendons in the last two years.
“I would like to thank people for any donations they make, however big or small.”
She has an overall target of £1,700 and has recently eclipsed that figure.
Sue Ryder cares for people with life-changing conditions, providing expert support and advice in its hospices, neurological care centres and in communities.
Its ethos is to see the person, not the condition, and help them to live the fullest life possible.
To support Miss Gatt, go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DaniellaGatt1