Introducing Team GP: TV doctors cycle from London to Paris for children’s medical charity
3 March 2009
A team of five of the UK’s best-known doctors are gearing up to take on a 300-mile bike ride from London to Paris to raise vital funds for national charity Action Medical Research.
TV’s Doctor Dawn Harper, a presenter of Channel Four’s Embarrassing Illnesses and Embarrassing Bodies series, has recruited four fellow media medics to take on the cycling challenge this July.
Team GP will also include:
- Dr Rosemary Leonard, from BBC Breakfast
- Dr Pixie McKenna, co-presenter of Embarrassing Illnesses/Embarrassing Bodies
- Dr Sarah Jarvis from BBC1’s The One Show and Radio 2
- Dr Rob Hicks, the Classic FM doctor
The five doctors, who are all also practising GPs, will spend four days in the saddle before arriving in the French capital the day before the finale of the Tour De France. They will then ride down the Champs Elysees, along with 600 other cyclists for the charity, finishing at the Eiffel Tower just hours before the professionals arrive and complete the final stage of the world’s most famous bike race.
Dawn Harper says: “As doctors, we’re all very aware of the huge benefits medical research has brought over the years. We’re all really looking forward to the ride, although to be honest, I have no idea what I have really let myself in for. Ignorance as they say is bliss and if I’m going to put myself through hell I might as well do it with a great group of people and for a great cause like Action Medical Research!
“The furthest I’ve cycled so far is 60 miles – mostly downhill – but I’m now cycling to and from work and getting out for longer rides on weekends.”
Team GP will be raising money for the charity’s Touching Tiny Lives appeal, which aims to reduce life-threatening pregnancy complications and premature birth, and improve care for sick babies. Two of Dr Dawn’s three children were born prematurely, one at just 32 weeks. Dr Rosemary’s second son was also born early and spent the first week of his life in an incubator.
Dawn says: "It’s thanks to previous medical research and the hard work of the special care baby unit that my little ones recovered well and have grown up into healthy children. I am very aware that other parents have not been so lucky. We want to do our bit by raising as much as possible for the Touching Tiny Lives appeal. I really hope people will get behind us. However small, your donation really does count.”
You can read more about Team GP and sponsor them by visiting www.action.org.uk/teamgp
You can also keep up-to-date with their progress on Twitter at www.twitter.com/teamgp
Notes to editors:
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