Action’s London to Paris bike ride hopes to raise over £500,000
TV’s Dr Dawn Harper, from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, will join over 300 cyclists and help raise over £500,000, as she takes to the saddle for the London to Paris bike ride for a children’s charity on Wednesday 18 July.
Action Medical Research runs one of the biggest and longest-running London to Paris events in the charity sector, with its riders arriving in the French capital on the day before the finale of the Tour de France.
Dawn, who did the DIVA100 in Warwickshire in May, has been involved with Action Medical for several years. She will be cycling from London’s Kingston University to Paris with her husband and son.
She says: “I have always enjoyed bike rides organised by Action Medical Research. They take special care of their cyclists, have well-stocked feed stops and most of all ensure a fantastic day out in the saddle. Its guilt-free indulgence for a very worthy cause – raising money for sick babies and children.”
Running from 18 - 22 July, there are four 300-mile routes to choose from, including two new options this year. As part of its expanding programme of women’s rides, the charity will for the first time be offering a women-only route and there is also a new route via Caen, Alencon and Evreux, which is open to all and passes through beautiful Normandy countryside. Both of these take four days to complete.
Money raised by the ride will help fund vital medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and premature birth, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
For more information and to register for 2013 visit www.action.org.uk/l2p2012 or call 01403 327443.
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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:
• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.