Cyclist first on adventure with prosthetic leg

Kath Adnitt and Diane Ashworth are doing a bike ride in Kenya for womens' cancers
Kath Adnitt and Diane Ashworth are doing a bike ride in Kenya for womens' cancers

SMILING sisters Kath Adnitt and Diane Ashworth look like any normal pair saddling up for a charity bike ride - albeit a gruelling 400km adventure across Kenya.

But there is a twist to their fundraising challenge for womens’ cancers as Kath is the first person with a prosthetic leg to take on the challenge.

Even more extraordinary is the story of how she lost her leg, after simply standing on a shell on a girls’ holiday six years ago.

This tiny incident left just a normal cut but transferred a rare bone infection so aggressive doctors eventually had to remove her left limb below the knee.

Yet determined Kath refuses to let anything stop her.

“I wanted to challenge myself,” said the 49-year-old, of Broom Drive, Grassmoor.

“I think a lot of people think that because you’re disabled you can’t do anything so I wanted to challenge myself just to show people that you can.

“Life’s for living, you never know what’s around the corner, this could happen to anyone.”

Kath devised the mammoth challenge before her 50th birthday.

The sisters join 160 other women on the Women V Cancer trip next February and the cause is close to their hearts as they’ve lost friends to the disease.

Nervous, and excited, they are tackling tough training for a feat that would daunt anyone.

Diane, 48, of Matlock, said: “When Kath lost her leg people think that’s the end of you, you’re going to be confined to a wheelchair, but not a chance.

“I’m extremely proud of her. She’s the most stubborn person I know and I love her to death.

“I’ll be riding with 160 women but the most courageous person will be my sister.

“She’s an inspiration to everyone.”

To sponsor the sisters - who must raise at least £2,600 each by December, plus cover their costs – visit www.justgiving.com and search for Kath Adnitt or Diane Ashworth.

The ride benefits UK charities Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. A small amount will support Kenyan cancer care.

• For more on this story see this week’s Derbyshire Times.