A brush with death only a year ago and now London to Paris on a tandem! | Action Medical Research

A brush with death only a year ago and now London to Paris on a tandem!

9 April 2014

London-based mates, James Davenport (28) and Jamie Chapman (29), have set themselves a major physical challenge this year. After completing the Virgin Money London Marathon this weekend, they will then take on the 260-mile London to Paris bike ride in July to raise funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

An epic challenge in itself, the friends’ London to Paris ride will also be with the added quirk of riding the distance on a tandem, hired from East London company hiremytandem.co.uk   

James and Jamie, who are cycling to Paris under the fundraising team name ‘Mandem on Le Tandem’, became good friends whilst studying at Northampton University where they played rugby together.  They are both now keen charity fundraisers.

Just one year ago, James ruptured his spleen while playing rugby for the Northampton Demons. After an ambulance trip and two hours in hospital, he was initially sent home. Later that night he was rushed back into hospital where he underwent surgery during which around six pints of blood were removed from his stomach.

James says: “The surgeon at Northampton General said had I got to hospital any later I wouldn't have survived to tell the tale! It’s great that I did and that now I’m able to continue an active life and make a difference through fundraising. Action Medical Research is a fantastic charity and a really worthwhile cause to fundraise for. I’m so grateful to be bike fit and to be able to share this adventure with an old mate cycling to Paris on a tandem.” 

The friends are in full training mode and have not drunk a drop of alcohol since New Year’s Eve in preparation. Both James and Jamie have cycled in the past, but have been out pedalling in earnest since the end of January.

On the Action London to Paris bike ride, the friends will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.  Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

James and Jamie have set up a fundraising platform to raise money for the charity. They are hoping to rally a huge crowd of supporters to make pledges for a range of exciting offers, including: a poem on a postcard from Paris, paintballing for 20 mates for just £30, home cooked French meal by Jamie and James and discounted two-year gym memberships. To find out more about the offers and to make your pledge, visit: www.zequs.com/campaign/mandem-on-le-tandem-london-to-paris

More information on signing up to the Action London to Paris at: www.action.org.uk/l2p

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. 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.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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