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TV doctors & BBC weatherman join 700 charity cyclists heading from London to Paris

22 July 2010

Almost 700 cyclists have left London as part of a 300-mile London to Paris bike ride to coincide with the finale of the Tour de France and raise £1 million for children’s health charity Action Medical Research.

Well-known faces taking on the charity challenge include TV doctors Dawn Harper, of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies series, and Rob Hicks, who regularly appears on ITV's This Morning and is resident health expert on British Forces TV news. BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernacker will also be hoping for a bright forecast as he too is taking part.

Riders set out from start points at Blackheath, Croydon and Kingston and follow one of five challenging routes before meeting in Paris on Saturday to ride in convoy down the Champs Elysees to the Eiffel Tower the day before the Tour de France finishes along the same streets.

The event raises money for Action Medical Research, a charity that funds vital research that aims to prevent, cure or treat conditions that devastate the lives of many thousands of babies and children and their families.

Many of the cyclists are taking part for very personal reasons – because their family has experienced the affects of a serious medical condition, to remember a lost baby or child, or to help others by raising funds for medical research to help babies and children.  Some are devotees of the event who come back year after year and some are first-timers looking for a new challenge.

Dr Dawn Harper is heading up a team of doctors – called Team GP – who are riding to raise money for the charity’s research around premature birth as two of her own children were born early.

Action Medical Research is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its London to Paris bike ride this year. You can find out more about the event and sign up for 2011’s ride at

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Action Medical Research runs the biggest London to Paris event in the charity sector. Including the 2010 riders, more than 3,000 cyclists (3,029 to be precise) will have cycled from London to Paris with Action Medical Research over the last decade.

In the last ten years the event has raised more than £4.3 million, with this year’s riders set to be the first to raise more than £1 million in a single year.

Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

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.

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