A woman from Newarthill is joining Lawrence Dallaglio and Freddie Flintoff on an epic cycle ride for charity after reading about it on her company’s intranet.
Kirsty Gardiner, 24, who works at Strathclyde Business Park, is in training to take part in the first stage of the Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam 2012.
World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio and England cricketing legend Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will cycle from the ancient birthplace of the Olympic Games, Olympia in Greece to London. They will travel through Italy, across the Swiss Alps and through France.
The trip is expected to last 22 days and will take place in April and May. Cyclists from across the UK are joining the pair on each of the five stages of the trip. Each cyclist is raising at least £3,000 for charity.
Kirsty is taking part in the first stage of the route, which will take her from the Peloponnese peninsula of western Greece to Bari, in Italy. This section of cycling is due to last for four days.
Kirsty said: “I am undertaking this massive challenge in order to support three fantastic charities; the Dallaglio Foundation, the AF Foundation & Virgin Unite. Any money donated will help develop three amazing projects.
“I will be cycling 521 km and I hope people will dig deep to help me raise money for these incredible causes.”
The Dallaglio Foundation is supporting Cancer Research UK’s project on prostate cancer genetics. The AF Foundation, set up by Andrew and Rachael Flintoff, is a children’s charity raising funds to build, develop and improve child rehabilitation and physiotherapy units throughout the UK. Virgin Unite sets up programmes that help young people in the UK to increase their employability.