TV's Dr Dawn Harper takes on new charity cycle challenge
TV doctor and Stroud GP Dr Dawn Harper will once again be swapping swabs for the saddle next week when she embarks on her latest bike ride to raise money for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
Now on her third cycling adventure for the charity Dawn, will be among the first group of riders to take on the charity’s new Three Cities Challenge ride from 31 August to 4 September. The 317-mile event starts close to the Olympic Velopark in London and passes through Holland and Belgium, taking in Amsterdam and then finally on to Brussels.
Dawn, a presenter of the hit Channel 4 Embarrassing Bodies series, caught the cycling bug two years ago when she first took part in the charity’s London to Paris ride. Showing no signs of recovery she has again recruited a group of friends and colleagues to join her on the road, riding as Team GP. Every year their numbers swell and this year’s team is 27-members strong and includes eight GPs from the Stroud and Gloucester area, along with two osteopaths, a dentist, a vet, a pub landlord and the wife of Stroud MP Neil Carmichael.
Over the last two years Team GP has raised more than £35,000 for the charity, which funds medical research to help sick and disabled babies and children. Especially close to Dawn’s heart is the work it supports around premature birth as two of her three children were born early, her youngest son at just 32 weeks.
Dawn says: “This is the third year I have been involved with Action Medical Research and my support is both professional and personal. Two of my three children were born prematurely and benefited from excellent care in Special Care Baby Units. It is thanks to previous research that they have done so well and are thriving at mainstream school. As a GP, I am all too aware that not every parent is as lucky as me and it is only ongoing research that will change the outlook for some of this country’s most vulnerable babies.
“With this in mind, an even bigger and better Team GP will be cycling from London to Brussels this year to raise much needed funds for ongoing research into prematurity and the complications of pregnancy. With your help we could make a real difference”
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Team GP will set out from Stratford, London, close to the Olympic Velopark, early on Wednesday 31 August and finish in Brussels on Saturday 3 September. The team will cover between 60 and 105 miles each day.
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.