A MOTORCYCLE ride will be held in Redditch on Sunday to honour a 34-year-old nurse from Bromsgrove who is fighting cervical and breast cancer.

Claire Flatt was diagnosed with stage 2b cervical cancer in August 2017, and just two weeks later was told she also had stage 3 breast cancer.

Claire will be waving bikers off at the Women Only Motorcycle Training (WOMT) base at midday, as they head 100 miles into the Cotswolds to raise money for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

She is hoping the event will raise awareness of cervical cancer and encourage more women to have regular screenings.

Claire said: "When I was diagnosed with stage 2b cervical cancer my smears were up to date - I was just one of the unlucky 25 per cent.

"I soon became aware of the amazing work Jo’s Trust does in influencing policies and raising awareness around HPV and cervical smears.

"I was horrified to learn of the all time low in smear uptakes despite them preventing 75 per cent of cervical cancers. I began sharing my experiences of the treatment received for cervical cancer in the hope of encouraging people to go for their smears.

"I believe Jo’s Trust is doing really important work in prevention and I wanted to support that work as much as I could from my own work through blogging and raising money with this amazing motorcycle event."

Bikers of all abilities are urged to join the ride, which will start with a briefing at the Rubicon Centre at 11am. There will be a break halfway at the Fosseway Garden Centre in Moreton-in-Marsh and a gathering afterwards at the Harvester pub in Studley.

A £10 donation is requested for each bike on the day, with all proceeds going to charity.

Laura Smith, owner of WOMT, which has organised the fundraiser, said: "I was inspired to help Claire Flatt who is bravely battling cervical cancer and breast cancer, both primaries at just 34.

"I found her bravery and determination moving as she blogged her way through treatment.

"WOMT is about helping women build confidence and overcome their fears, so what better way to show support and solidarity than to get behind a charity like Jo’s Trust.”

There will be refreshments and a raffle on the day, with prizes up for grabs including six advanced WOMT training days, clothing from LadyBiker and MotoGirl, £100 in SportsBikeShop vouchers and two tickets for Motorcycle Live.

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/WOMTcharityride.