Join TV’s Dr Dawn Harper on new charity bike ride for women | Action Medical Research

Join TV’s Dr Dawn Harper on new charity bike ride for women

9 March 2012

Dr Dawn Harper from hit Channel 4 TV show Embarrassing Bodies will swap swabs for the saddle this May when she joins cyclists for a new women’s bike ride to raise money for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The DIVA100 Warwickshire ride will set out from Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday 27 May. Supported by leading bike brand Trek, the event will offer a choice of two circular countryside routes – a 100km challenge or a shorter 50km course for those looking to take it a little bit easier.

The ride will raise money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Especially close to Dr Dawn’s heart is the work the charity supports around pregnancy complications and premature birth as two of her three children were born early, her youngest son at just 32 weeks. Action Medical Research is also currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

Dawn said: “I am really excited about this ‘all ladies’ cycle ride. I have cycled with Action Medical Research many times before and the events are always exceptionally well run. This is our chance to show some ‘girl power’ and make a real difference to the future of some of Britain’s most vulnerable little people. Don’t just think about it. Sign up now and I’ll see you there!”

Tracey Edwards, event organiser from Action Medical Research, says: “We hope lots of ladies will join us for our first DIVA100 Warwickshire bike ride. It’s suitable for all cycling abilities and promises a fantastic day out with a great atmosphere and beautiful scenery along the route. Most importantly, every mile pedalled will help sick babies and children.”

The ride is fully supported with plenty of rest stops and a fully-serviced lunch. Staff riders, first aiders and massage therapists will also be on hand.

Entry costs £28 and participants will also need to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.
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Dr Dawn Harper on her bike

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For further information about the DIVA100 Warwickshire bike ride please contact:

Prarthana Rao, Interim Senior Press and PR Officer
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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


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