Coeliac Disease won't stop 300-mile charity cyclist

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

By Alexa Copeland

A DETERMINED fundraiser is not letting a digestive disease stop her from pedaling 300 miles from London to Paris for charity.

Gaynor Woodford-Phillips, 46 of Mowden, Darlington, is taking on the challenge to raise money for a charity that helps sufferers of coeliac disease.

She knows first-hand how difficult it can be to live with the lifelong illness which is caused by intolerance to gluten and affects one in 1,000 people.

On May 7 Mrs Woodford-Phillips intends to cycle from London to Paris in four days and has already raised £1,320 of her £1,400 sponsorship target for Coeliac UK.

She said: “Before I was diagnosed I would have been physically incapable of undertaking such a challenge because of the exhaustion and lack of energy I suffered.

“My diagnosis was life changing for me.

“So now I can cycle – I will!”

You can support Mrs Woodford-Phillips by visiting


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