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A mountain challenge ahead for daring duo

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

18/03/14 Nurse Nikky Jinks is doing a charity challenge - mickleover, mickleover (F) Rachel Keeling and her friend Nikki Jinks (B) both work at the Mickleover Medical Centre. Nikki from Castle Gresley along with her friend will be doing a massive charity

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A NURSE from Castle Gresley will take on a mountain challenge this year to raise funds for two charities close to her heart.

Nikki Jinks, 34, a nurse at Mickelover Medical Centre, along with Rachel Keeling, 20, the daughter of one of the doctors at the surgery will embark on the Big Bike Ride 2014.

The challenge which takes place in June will see them climb the three highest mountains in the UK.

They will push themselves even further by cycling from England to Wales.

All money raised will be split between their two chosen charities - the International Nepal Fellowship, which provides health care for disadvantaged individuals in Nepal, and the Dogs Trust.

Nikki told the Mail: “We will drive down to Snowden then cycle to Scarfel Pike.

“We will then cycle from there to Ben Nevis. We will do 500 miles on the bike in total and hope to do it in seven days.

“I did a coast-to-coast challenge last year for the INF and that took ten days.”

Nikki and Rachel have no previous experience of long distance cycling so are expecting this to be their biggest challenge yet.

The pair are hoping to raise around £3,000 and are encouraging patients at the surgery to help with the fund-raising.

Rachel has previously volunteered in Nepal with her mum Doctor Carolyn Keeling.

Dr Keeling visits Nepal annually for a gynaecological camp and has taken out medical equipment to the local population.

She said: “Rachel went out and saw all the women walk for five days from their villages to the medical centre.

“We saw 900 women from dawn until dusk, 80 of which had hysterectomy operations.”

As well as INF dog lover Nikki has chosen to also support Loughborough based the Dogs Trust.

Donations can be made via the Virgin Money Giving website under the name Rachel Keeling.

Log onto uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ to sponsor them.

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