Dr Dawn Harper shows her ‘girl power’ for the DIVA100 Warwickshire charity ride and helps raise £20k | Action Medical Research

Dr Dawn Harper shows her ‘girl power’ for the DIVA100 Warwickshire charity ride and helps raise £20k

1 June 2012

TV’s Dr Dawn Harper, from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, along with 150 women-cyclists raised over £20,000 when they took to the saddle again for a women-only bike ride for a children’s charity on Sunday 27 May.

Dawn has been involved with Action Medical for several years: “I really enjoyed taking part in the Diva100 Warwickshire. It was a fantastic day with beautiful weather and a gorgeous route through pretty lanes. It was fabulous to see so many women out on bikes for a great cause."

The sun shone brightly as cyclists participating in Action Medical Research’s DIVA100 Warwickshire 2012’s bike ride set off from Menzies Welcombe Spa and Golf Club in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Launched in 2011, the first ride saw as many ladies of all cycling abilities take part, raising thousands for Horsham-based children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Supported by leading bike brand Trek, the DIVA100 offered two circular countryside routes – a 100km challenge or a shorter 50km course for those looking to take it a little bit easier.

Money raised by cyclists who participated in the DIVA100 ride will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

Event Manager Gail Thomas says: "The DIVA100 Warwickshire was a great success and huge thanks go to all our wonderful DIVAs who took part on Sunday. The glorious sunshine, the stunning surrounds of Menzies Welcombe Spa and Golf Club and the great camaraderie of our cyclists have made for a memorable first event of its kind in the Midlands. We are already looking forward to planning our second DIVA ride next year."

The ride was fully supported with plenty of rest stops, a fully-serviced lunch and a complimentary sports massage for all the riders. Staff riders and first aiders were also present along the routes.

To register your interest for next year’s DIVA100 Warwickshire bike ride, contact Gail Thomas on 01844 217563 or email gthomas@action.org.uk

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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.

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.

The DIVA100 series is supported by Trek Bicycle, a global leader in the design and manufacture of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems, and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration. For more information about Trek, visit www.trekbikes.com

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