Husband-and-wife Not Just Travel agents Kate and Dave Parkyn recently cycled around Lake Geneva to raise money for charity during the pandemic. Kate Parkyn tells Abra Dunsby about the experience.
Not Just Travel agents Kate and Dave Parkyn, who moved to Switzerland 30 years ago, decided to embrace a challenge during the pandemic and cycle around the circumference of Lake Geneva to raise more than £400 for charity last month.
The married couple have been keen cyclists since Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and took on the Prudential Ride London 100-mile challenge in 2015 and 2016 to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now.
This year the duo took to the saddle again to cycle 120 miles around Lake Geneva to complete Virtual Ride London 2020, to support Breast Cancer Now and Mind, another charity that’s close to their hearts.
Kate, owner of Go Supreme at Not Just Travel, explains: “Both of our fathers suffered with dementia at the end of their lives. It’s such a cruel disease. Also my daughter has suffered with depression. I think at the moment people will be struggling with their mental health, and for people with depression it must be so difficult. With everything going on at the moment we thought we’d do out bit to help.”
Kate and Dave also raised money for the same two charities last year, when they joined other Not Just Travel consultants on a trek to Colombia’s Lost City.