A cancer survivor who was shamed for exercising with a colostomy bag in her local gym is attempting a marathon cycle to promote a Coulsdon body positivity charity.

Angelica Fenney was just 17 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and since has battled cervical, skin and bowel cancer.

An avid cyclist, she used exercise to stay healthy and retain a positive attitude towards her body, until 12 months ago when her confidence was dented by a fellow gym-goer who shamed her for using a colostomy bag as she recovered from bowel cancer.

As the final hurdle in her bid to restore her self-esteem and celebrate six months remission from 22 years battling cancer, Angelica is attempting a 12 hour spinathon later this month.

The feat will raise funds for Models of Diversity (MOD), a Coulsdon-based charity campaigning for greater diversity in the fashion, beauty and media industries.

The public are invited to Coulsdon Waitrose on May 18 at 8pm to offer Angelica support and, if they wish, try the challenge for themselves can ride alongside her.

Every £10 donation will be entered into a raffle to win a portrait with accredited fashion photographer James Lyon, with full hair and makeup.

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