A 26-year-old cancer survivor took on a gruelling 100-mile cycle ride to raise money for charity.

Suzie Aries, from Princes Risborough, cycled from London to Surrey and back in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 in aid of Ovarian Cancer Action with mum Pauline.

She said she chose the charity after she was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2017 and wanted to do what she could to raise money to support research and find a cure.

Writing on her JustGiving page, Ms Aries said: “I had been very unwell and underwent surgery and chemotherapy which I think would wipe most out – [but] not me.

“I managed to maintain a level of fitness and have kept playing hockey and running a lot which has really kept my spirits up.

“I have found it so, so important to have some things to work towards and focus on to keep my mind and body positive and active.

“Therefore, when [my] mum mentioned the idea of doing Ride London, I was super keen.”

Speaking about the challenge itself, she added: “It was wet and cold for the first time in months. I couldn’t believe it. I had never actually cycled in the rain prior to the race so I was really nervous.

“But my mum was with me the whole way and the thought of doing it for such a good cause so close to me and my family really kept me going at the worst moments.”

She raised just over £700 for the charity.

Cary Wakefield, chief executive of Ovarian Cancer Action, said: “We are so proud of Suzie and our Team OCA cyclists, who have so far collectively raised over £11,000.

“Here at Ovarian Cancer Action we are trying to raise £1 million to develop a screening tool to detect ovarian cancer, as there currently isn’t one.

“Early detection increases a woman’s chances of survival and the money raised by our amazing cyclists will help us save lives.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/suzie-aries.