Cyclists on track to raise over £360,000 for Action Medical Research | Action Medical Research

Cyclists on track to raise over £360,000

5 August 2015

Riders are on their way to raising more than a third of a million pounds for children’s charity Action Medical Research after cycling from London to Paris.

Cyclists who took part in the 300-mile ride, which also included a 24-hour route this year, are set to collect £360,000 to fund medical research to help save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children.

The event, which is in its 15th year, finished in Paris on Saturday, 25 July, with cyclists riding in convoy down the Champs Élysées to the Eiffel Tower the day before the iconic Tour de France race ended along the same streets.

“This is such a fantastic achievement by the 250 riders who took part in the four-day ride and the 24-hour route,” says Oly Watts, Challenge Events Manager at Action Medical Research. “It’s an incredible total which will go a long way towards helping to save and change children’s lives.”

Next year the children’s charity, which is known for its cycling events, including the RIDE100 sportive series, will also offer a six-day route from Paris to Geneva after the ride to the French capital.

“As our London to Paris ride ends a day ahead of the Tour de France finale in Paris, this new option is a great follow-up for anyone who has completed a London to Paris cycle event as it leaves the next day, meaning you can catch the finale of the Tour de France then set off on this cycling adventure down to Lake Geneva,” Oly adds.

“If you’re feeling really tough, or you fancy the ultimate challenge, you could combine the two events for 10 glorious days in the saddle!”

Among those taking part in the London to Paris ride was Team CommVault, with 32 staff from the international data and information management software company - many of whom had never met before in person – coming together to ride for a reason.

Workers from as far afield as Dubai, Germany and the USA united to raise £75,000 for Action Medical Research as Martin Gibbons, EMEA Distribution Channel Director, explains: "I’m one of those people that needs a good challenge to motivate me from my sofa and desk. Working in the IT industry does nothing for my waistline and I am constantly looking for excitement. So when Action Medical Research tempted me with the double header of one big challenge and raising money for their superb cause, it was easy to say yes. 

"Better than that, it was actually incredibly easy to rope in colleagues from right across our Europe, Middle East, Africa and North American regions. In so many ways this ticked a lot of our personal goals and also that of the company: fitness and wellbeing, team building and morale as well as a desire to help a great cause.

"I can’t recommend this enough and I am now fielding many more enquiries to run this again. Motivate yourself, your teams and do something spectacular. Support the guys at Action Medical Research and do something special."

With the help of its supporters, Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for more than 60 years, from the development of the first UK polio vaccines to the use of ultrasound in pregnancy. It is currently supporting work around meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

The London to Paris ride will take place from 20 July to 24 July in 2016 and the charity is calling on riders to sign up now to take advantage of its special early bird rates.

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.

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