A FLINTSHIRE woman who battled cancer aims to give something back to those who helped her.

Tessa Anderson, of Pantymwyn, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2017, which had already spread to her armpit.

She went on to have a major operation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as ongoing medication and she said it is time for her to give something back.

She told the Leader: "I had no family history of any cancer, I'm a fitness instructor, I never smoke or drink so to get cancer and have it spread was a massive shock. The charities mean a massive amount to me.

"I can't get the all clear completely yet but the signs are looking good.

"You have to stay positive and get on with life. Use the resources around you, there's plenty of charities around who can help.

"Don't ever be frightened to rely on friends and family, that's what they are there for.

"I couldn't have done this without my husband and two girls, they were my reason to get out of bed and smile."

On September 5, Tessa will be putting herself to her test and will cycle from London to Paris with Women V Cancer (Dream Challenges).

All proceeds will be donated to three charities, Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

Tessa, who was a non-cyclist nine months ago, said after months of training, she now feels ready to take on the challenge.

She added: "I really wanted a big challenge, I'm a runner rather than a cyclist.

"It's been much, much harder than I ever thought.

"I've always been of reasonable fitness so I was quite smug. I thought I could so it with ease but I must admit, it's been much harder than I gave it credit for.

"I have two small children and have two jobs so fitting it in has been really challenging at times. It's been relentless and we haven't exactly had the weather for it.

"I can't say I have completely enjoyed it, it has been a challenge, which is what I wanted, but the cause means a lot to me so I won't give up.

"I'm quite scared, it's one of those things where I'm nervous but I feel like I'm at the level of fitness I need to be."

The three day event will see around 30 women take part, for the causes they believe in.

Anyone wishing to donate to Tessa's cause can do so via the fundraising page at