A MUM-OF-THREE who runs a women’s cycling club has been recognised for her volunteer work.

Joy Lummis, from Tyldesley, gave up smoking 11 years ago before deciding to boost her health through cycling, a passion she followed in her younger years.

Keen to help others get involved, Joy trained with British Cycling to become a Breeze Champion ambassador in 2011.

Since then she has run more than 600 rides with British Cycling and Inspiring healthy lifestyles.

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Joy on a ride with cyclists

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Joy receives her Heart of the Community award from Tyldesley councillor Nazia Rehman

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Joy, 55, said: “One of the best decisions I’ve ever made is to become a ride leader.

“I’ve made lots of friends through cycling and we all agree how good it is for us, mentally as well as physically.

“I love to ride my bike and want to encourage others so they can enjoy it as much as I do.

“Our rides are suitable for any age or level of fitness.

“We meet up at Leigh Sports Village and ride around the area usually with a local café stop where we can chat and socialise.”

Joy was presented with a Heart of the Community award, a scheme which rewards people in Tyldesley who have helped to make a difference.

To get involved with the group contact Joy on 07754 132437.