Two women who took up cycling for fitness less than a year ago are now about to embark on a 300 mile ride from Truro to London.

Anna Penrose from Breage and Rachael Bice from Redruth are raising money for Help for Heroes, having both been inspired by the humanitarian work of Rotary International.

They separately benefitted from its Group Study Exchange Programme, with Anna travelling to India in 2012 and Rachael visiting Romania in 2013.

Anna, 30 and Rachael, 37, are holding a fundraising coffee morning at Mullion Methodist Church this Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May from 10am to noon.

Anna, who works for Unlocking Potential, said: “Following a rugby injury to my knee, I had to give up contact sports so I turned to cycling. I wanted to do something productive with my training, and also to raise money for a charity that inspires me.

“I'm also hugely grateful for the incredible experiences that Rotary International offered me through our GSE trip to India so we're keen to explore how we can get more people engaged with this fantastic organisation.”

Rachael and Anna, cycling under the title Cornwall Crusaders, will leave Truro on Tuesday, June 3 and aim to reach Blackheath, London on June 8.

To donate money visit Their fundraising efforts mark the launch of new Satellite Rotary Club of Truro, being led by a group of younger professionals who are looking for a more flexible way to be involved with the work of Rotary International.

They will hold their first meeting on the morning of Saturday, July 5. For more information visit or contact Rachel Picken via or 01872 321533.