INEOS to support Mavis' charity record attempt

29 May 2019

INEOS to support Mavis' charity record attempt

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INEOS and Team INEOS are lending their support to an 81-year-old Scottish super cyclist who hopes to become the oldest-ever woman to ride the entire length of Britain.

Mavis Paterson, from Auchenmalg in Dumfriesshire, will cycle 1027 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in memory of her three children who died within four years of each other.

She hopes to raise £20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity she began supporting after her mum and sister died from the illness.

The Guinness Book of Records has confirmed that once she completes the route she’ll be the official record holder.

INEOS were inspired by Mavis’ bold challenge, and will provide £10,000 to sponsor the final Scottish section of the route. Meanwhile, Team INEOS will be supporting in the background and cheering the pensioner on.

“It’s amazing to see Mavis’ bold determination and drive - and she shows that the power of cycling is ageless,” said Tom Crotty, Communications Director at INEOS. 
Mavis Paterson

Mavis Paterson

I’ve taken on big challenges before, but this will be the toughest."
Mavis said: “I’m excited and a little bit nervous about getting started, however it’s something I really want to do. It will be nice to get the world record, but for me I’m doing it to raise money for Macmillan and because cycling and taking on big challenges helped me cope with the unimaginable grief of losing my children.

“It’s impossibly hard going from being part of a family of five to being alone, but taking on challenges like this this that keep me going, and I’m happy I can do it to raise money for Macmillan.

“I’ve taken on big challenges before, but this will be the toughest. I really hope people consider donating to help me meet my £20,000 target. It will be a great boost to know I’m helping raise so much money on the day when I’m struggling.” 

Setting off on Thursday 30th May, Mavis, and her cycling companion Heather Curley, will spend three weeks completing the 960-mile route, aiming to reach John O’Groats on June 20th.
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This isn’t the first challenge Mavis has taken on for Macmillan.

Last year she completed a 24-hour cycle and 10 years ago, at the age of 71, she cycled across Canada, to raise money for Macmillan, with her journey becoming the subject of a BBC documentary.

Derek Watson, Macmillan Fundraising Manager said: “Mavis is incredible. The challenge she has set herself is astounding and we cannot wait to cheer her on to get that world record. Her determination, incredible level of fitness and her generosity, is astounding.

“We are so thankful that she has picked Macmillan as the charity she wants to support. Macmillan relies almost entirely on donations and it’s only thanks to people like Mavis, and their remarkable determination to take on challenges like this, that we are able to continue to support the growing number of people who need us.”

To support Mavis and on her World Record attempt and donate to help her reach her £20,000 target visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mavis-paterson1

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