Davina says join the girls for London to Paris cycle challenge
LETTER TO EDITORS FROM DAVINA MCCALL
Readers may be used to seeing me on the telly but I can also be regularly spotted out and about on my bike. Yes, believe it or not, I’m a dedicated convert to road cycling and I’m passionate about encouraging more women to take to the saddle.
Riding for charity is a great motivator and it was a fundraising ride for Sport Relief that coaxed me back onto a bike for the first time since I was a teenager. Another charity that is very close to my heart, Action Medical Research, is currently looking for lady riders to join its new women-only route on its popular London to Paris bike ride this summer so I wanted to encourage your female readers – whether they are already regular riders or newbies looking for a great challenge – to consider taking part.
I’ve been involved with Action Medical Research since I was a little girl, as my grandparents supported them. This wonderful charity funds research into many diseases and conditions that affect babies and children in the UK.
The four-day, 300-mile ride route passes through picturesque Kent countryside, before crossing the Channel to continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France. It all finishes in the gorgeous city of Paris in time for a spot of much deserved shopping or sightseeing!
If you are new to cycling then the charity provides a training programme and, believe me, with a few months work it is possible to get fit enough to tackle a long-distance ride like this. All that effort will be rewarded by the huge sense of pride you’ll feel when you reach the Eiffel Tower, so why not grab a group of girlie mates (there is a discounted registration fee for groups of four!) or come solo and join the friendly group?
Most importantly, every mile pedalled will help sick babies and children.
To find out more and to register visit www.action.org.uk/paris or call 01403 327443.
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Action Medical Research has more than 30 years experience in organising successful bike rides. Routes are monitored and clearly signposted. Snack and lunch stops are provided and medical and mechanical staff are on hand at all times.
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.