A charity fundraiser has battled the elements to raise £3,500 in memory of her mum after cycling across Cuba.

Gina Dalton, 35, who grew up in Eccleston, completed the tough 400km challenge last month to raise money for three women's cancer charities, 25 years after her mum Kathleen Dalton died of breast cancer at the age of 41.

Gina, who now lives in Didsbury, joined a 100-strong team of women for the ‘Women V Cancer Cuban Cycle Challenge’ raising money for Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

The group battled extreme weather including torrential rain and 37 degree heat, but managed to complete the cycle in five days, averaging 80km a day.

Gina, a senior marketing officer at Salford-based Salix Homes, said: “This was undoubtedly the toughest thing I have ever done, but the sense of achievement I felt when I finished was overwhelming and I know my mum would have been really proud. It was an amazing challenge from start to finish. I experienced cycling in quite gruelling temperatures and conditions, but I met some extremely inspirational women along the way, many of whom were doing the challenge after recovering from cancer.”

Gina, who was just 10 when her mum died, had barely been on a bike before she signed up for the challenge, but wanted to do something special in memory of her mum , a keen cyclist.

Gina’s friends, family and colleagues all dug deep to help her smash her fundraising target and the cycling group collectively raised more than £310,000.