HER grit and determination have already helped her beat breast cancer this year.

Now Mandy Barwick is preparing for another tough ride – on the back of a tandem.

The Golcar woman – who only underwent surgery two months ago – is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in a gruelling 280-mile bike challenge.

Mandy, 43, will be teaming up with 19 other women – dubbed the Town Tandemettes – to take part in the Pedal for Pounds bike ride next May.

The group will join more than 200 cyclists pedalling their way from Yeovil to Huddersfield in time for the last football match of the season on May 5.

The fundraising event – organised by Huddersfield Town FC – is in aid of the Keep It Up campaign.

It will be third year the bike ride has taken place and is expected to raise thousands for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the club’s youth academy.

Mandy – who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July – is looking forward to the three-day challenge.

She said: “Since I started working in charity in 2004, I have met so many amazing people doing incredible things for charity. I have always been the one inspiring and motivating them to do it, but have never done it myself.

“I just wanted to throw myself into something, but I’m lucky I’ll have like-minded women with me to help nurture and encourage me too.

“I just want next year to be about my success as a cyclist and not breast cancer.

“I also want anybody who may have been given the news they have cancer to see what I do and know it is possible to survive and thrive after breast cancer.”

The mum-of-one – who lives with her partner Andrew Taylor – was given the heartbreaking diagnosis in July after visiting the doctor for what she describes as a “red-herring”.

She said: “I had a fatty lump of gristle on my thigh. I didn’t think it was anything to worry about. It was for purely cosmetic reasons I went.

“Within three days I was sat in Huddersfield breast cancer clinic.

“Everyone reacts differently to the news. For me, I tried to put on a brave face. I absolutely got on with it.

“I had this determination to raise awareness and not hide in a corner about it.

“Also, the staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s breast clinic were remarkable and showed me so much love and support.”

Mandy has already undergone surgery to remove the tumour and her lymph nodes.

Further tests showed she also needed a mastectomy which she had in October, followed by immediate reconstructive surgery by specialists at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

She has also suffered a prolapsed disc in her lower spine and faces further treatment.

But she is determined to be fit for the tandem ride next year, being headed up by her friend Karen Borowski.

Karen, a partner at Revell Ward accountants, said: “We’re all pretty much starting cycling from scratch but these are all very determined ladies.

“We will certainly do it.”

The group has set itself a fundraising target of raising £50,000 .

Donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/townstandemettes