“David was shining down on us”

On 12 May 2019, Hayley and her family and friends held the David Minn Bike Ride, and raised more than £17,500 (and still counting) in aid of The Eve Appeal.

The bike ride was set up in memory of my brother David, who tragically died in January 2018 while trekking in South America, and we are so over the moon with how much money we managed to raise for such an incredible cause – and we know David would be so proud.

On the day, the sun was beaming – which everyone said was David shining down on us – and 72 people (some friends, some friends of friends, and some who’d heard about the cycle through social media) came out to cycle around Hertfordshire. On top of that, we also had 80 people marshalling and helping out at the starting and finishing point. It really was all hands on deck, and the atmosphere was incredible.

At the finishing point, we had Uncle Doovy’s ice cream van giving out treats to the people who’d been brave enough to cycle 35 miles. There were also Eve Appeal-branded cupcakes donated by the very talented Talia Cohen – one of David’s friends – and banana bread donated by David’s friend Hannah’s mum Alison Sampson, which people could have if they donated to The Eve Appeal.

We truly are so overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown –  not just in terms of money, but also in giving up their time to help us in organising the event, and making it as successful as it was.

The reason we chose to raise money for the Eve Appeal is that my dad Eliot and I are both BRCA1 carriers – meaning I’m 40-60% more likely to get ovarian cancer once I’m 35 than the average person and 85% more likely to get breast cancer.

My dad lost his mum Hannah to breast cancer in 1970, when he was eight, and when we found out four years ago that my dad, an only child, is a BRCA1 carrier, I immediately chose to also be tested and was also found to be a carrier. I had a double mastectomy and reconstruction earlier this year for that reason, and once I’m 35 I’ll seriously have to start thinking about having a hysterectomy.

My mastectomy meant that I couldn’t cycle for the Bike Ride, as I wasn’t allowed to exercise following the surgery just yet. But I’m hoping to run the London Marathon next year for The Eve Appeal, as I genuinely think they’re such an incredible charity and the research they do is absolutely vital.

We’re still raising money for the Eve Appeal and we need your donations.

You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/DavidMinnBikeRide2019