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Skater Sally’s on a roll in memory Colne friend
1:50pm Wednesday 15th August 2012 in News
A PENDLE mum is set to ‘skate, rattle and roll’ for a full 26 miles around a motor-racing circuit in memory of a beloved friend.
Sally Fort, 39, from Colne, plans to roller skate the full ‘Marathon’ distance around Goodwood race track for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Pendleside Hospice on Sunday, August 26.
Sally’s husband Nick lost his best friend Simon Kennerley, 37, through skin cancer in 2010, and she has entered the South Coast Roll event, “to do something positive to honour and remember him by”.
Sally is no stranger to being propelled on eight wheels as she is a member of Manchester Roller Derby, who she joined 14 months ago.
Skating under the name of Abby Dasher, the former Park High School pupil trains four to six hours a week on traditional quad style skates with a wheel on each corner rather than roller blades, and can skate up to 10 miles an hour in a sprint.
She also chose Pendleside Hospice as it has provided care and support for other friends and family.
She said: “Roller derby is a contact sport and great fun but this is going to be a massive challenge.
“I can’t wait to do something a bit different and hopefully help the charities carry on their amazing work.
“Pendleside is an oasis for people facing unbearable times so I really wanted to help.”
She will join hundreds of other skaters for the five hour race in Chichester, West Sussex.
To support Sally with sponsorship donations, please visit https://www.justgiving.