Two women - both called Jane - are taking on a 100 mile cycle for charity.
Jane Beety, a clinical researcher lost her father to a chronic lung condition and is on a mission to do more to help others.
Arthur Beety died in 2013 of pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating disease where the lungs develop scarring – often for an unknown reason – making it increasingly difficult to breathe. There is no cure and very limited treatments.
Married to Jill Beety he lived in The Street, Cobham. He was a curate of the parishes of St Peter & St Paul, Luddesdowne, and St Mary Magdalene, Cobham, and a popular member of the community.
Dr Beety said she has been overwhelmed by the support of in her latest money-raising effort: A 100-mile bike ride.
She added: “People in the village have been so generous. It’s touching to know that even after a few years, he is still in people’s thoughts.”
Dr Beety’s role in research was cancer-based, and she was astonished with how little investigation had gone into pulmonary fibrosis.
She said: “When I found Breathing Matters, the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) charity, I realised the work they were doing was exactly the kind I wanted to support.”
The charity raises awareness and works directly with patients to help find a cure and develop better treatments for lung diseases and respiratory infections.
In 2014 Dr Beety ran the London Marathon and raised about £2,000, which went directly to new equipment to help medical investigations.
Her latest mission is the Prudential RideLondon all through the capital and into Surrey this Sunday.
Training has been tough, but it was made a whole lot worse after she was hit by a car back in February. Fortunately her injuries were relatively minor, but she is still undergoing physiotherapy.
“I’m really not a cyclist so for me this is a real challenge.
“It’s quite scary,”
Between this, the marathon, and donations at Mr Beety’s funeral, the family has raised more than £5,000 for the charity in his memory.
Dr Beety has also used a reshuffle at work to expand more into breathing conditions like pulmonary fibrosis, as well as maintaining her work with cancer.
Jane Frondigoun, 53, from Dartford, is getting stuck into the Prudential RideLondon for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in honour of her son Danny, who was born with congenital heart disease.
She is raising money for the BHF two months before Danny is set to become a father for the first time at the age of 28, something that may not have been possible without the life-saving research funded by the charity.
Jane explains: “Danny’s even completed a triathlon to raise money for the BHF now it’s my turn to say thank you to such an amazing charity. I’ve never cycled this distance before and to say I’m nervous is an understatement. Training has been hard, but life’s too short to not step out of your comfort zone.”
To donate to Jane Beety visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jane-Beety1
To sponsor Jane Frondigoun visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jane-Frondigoun2.