WARRIORS Community Foundation champions Millie Hayter has today embarked on a monumental 'lockdown' charity challenge - cycling the full distance of the Tour de France, 3500k in 35 days from her living room.

She is a huge Warriors supporter and takes a full and active part in their Hugby programme, inclusion rugby team and was in the Visually Impaired 3 Peaks Challenge in 2018, a challenge that really took her out of her comfort zone.

Millie suffers with Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis and is registered blind.

In the true spirit of the Foundation – focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t - she will be undertaking the mammoth challenge from her own living room whilst shielding.

A pro-cyclist would complete this in 23 days, but Millie, who is far from being a pro-cyclist, has set herself a target of 35 days.

She aims to cycle for 5-6 hours each day and today, Monday 1 March, she begins her quest.

Bob Low, Warriors Rugby Supporters Club Chairman, has expressed his admiration for Millie. "I hope that by giving her story some wider exposure there might be other people out there who would like to ride with her via ZOOM or sponsor her or just send her a message of support.

"She is doing it to raise funds for the Foundation, again she has set a modest target of £200…this challenge deserves so much more."

Millie said: 

"They (Warriors Community Foundation) have done so much for me and many others, so it's time for me to give back," she said.

"This is a big shout out to Cecil Duckworth who recently passed away and to all of the Community Foundation team.

"This is going to be a huge challenge for me being a sufferer of Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis and the fatigue and other health issues it can bring with it, but I love a challenge!

"I am part of two of the Community Foundation teams, Visually Impaired Rugby (Hugby) and the mixed ability team. 

"Along with having crohns disease and ulcerative colitis I am visually impaired (registered blind) and the Community Foundation have provided me with an adapted version of the sport enabling me and many others to be able to play the sport we love in a fun and safe environment."

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