A former cancer patient, who is raising funds for the oncology unit in Kerry where she was treated, has exceeded her target two days before the deadline she set for a virtual cycle of the coastline of Ireland.

Covid-19 restrictions prevented Linda Woods, who is from Tralee, from completing her cycle of the 6,226km coastline.

Instead, she recruited a team of 30 volunteer cyclists to cover the route for her virtually. Some are cycling up up to 300km each.

Linda and her team have already exceeded their target of raising 1 for every kilometre cycled.

By the start of their cycle today, they had already completed 7,891km, while donations have exceeded €8,000.

Linda is raising funds for the charity Comfort for Chemo Kerry, with the proceeds going to the oncology unit at University Hospital Kerry. The cycle will finish at the hospital on Saturday.

She finished her treatment for cancer at UHK's oncology unit in December, and had also received treatment in Cork.

"While going through chemo, I got tired of travelling back and forth to Cork for treatment which couldn't be given in Kerry," Linda said.

"I would really love to try and ensure that cancer patients in Kerry have a lot more comfort while going through chemo in the future."